News – Kathy Aoki

Sacramento Solo Show!
Sacramento Solo Show!

Solo Show!

Kathy Aoki
b sakata garo
Sacramento, California

August 3 – September 2, 2023

Featuring new work from my Koons Ruins and Disgraced Patriarchal Monuments series, plus excerpts from the Museum of Historical Makeovers.

Want to meet me at b sakata garo gallery? Contact me through IG or kaoki (the “at” symbol) to meet me in person at the gallery.

b. sakata garo
923 Twentieth Street
Sacramento, California
Gallery Hours:
Tues. through Sat.
noon to 5 p.m.

Coming up August 26!

Humorous Performance Walk Through by Kathy Aoki, in character as curator of the Museum of Historical Makeovers.
Saturday, August 26:
4pm – Meet the artist
5pm – 5:30pm performance.

Kathy at a worktable at Kala
Installation view of b sakata garo
installation view of b sakata garo
Sacramento Solo Show!
Feature in Content Magazine 14.4

I was honored to be featured in Content Magazine’s Issue 14.4 “Profiles” this fall. The text, written by David Valdespino, Jr., is the most accurate description of my art practice I have ever encountered. Ronnie Patania‘s photos complement the article showing me at work in the printmaking studio at Santa Clara University. Full article:

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Kathy Aoki’s satirical work lives within the cracked veneer of modern society, driven by concept and executed by any medium necessary. The humor on the surface of her pieces attracts viewers like moths to a flame but quickly gives way to profound introspection.  ~David Valdespino, Jr.

Solo Exhibition: Koons Ruins
Solo Exhibition: Koons Ruins

Koons designed Art car buried in the dirt

Kathy Aoki, Buried BMW Art Car (detail), intaglio with watercolor, 2022. A depiction of a Koons-designed BMW art car, buried in the dirt…


Koons Ruins

Solo exhibition opens at New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU)

July 8 – November 27, 2022

Koons Ruins is a satirical, mock museum exhibition that pokes fun at the patriarchal art world and its wonky value systems.  Imagine an art collector who buys Jeff Koons sculptures, sequesters them on her estate, and subjects them to accelerated degradation. When she passes away, her estate is open to the public as “Koons Ruins.”

All artworks in the show, oil paintings, prints, and a peephole diorama (!), were created by Kathy Aoki.

Want to meet me at NUMU? Contact me through IG or kaoki (the “at” symbol) to meet me in person at the museum.

Open Thursday – Sunday.
Visit  NUMU website for hours and admission. Free for members.

September 1, 2022
Join me for the Content Magazine pick-up party at NUMU. In addition to the museum exhibitions, there will be artist booths, music, etc. It will be intense!

September 15, 2022: Artist talk – behind the scenes of Koons Ruins conceptual exhibition. Via Zoom through NUMU. Sign up information coming soon.

Sacramento Solo Show!
Artist Residency at Kala

I am enjoying a Parent Residency Award this month at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley. It’s been wonderful to return to Kala after more than 20 years (I was a fellow in the mid-90’s). I’m excited to take advantage of their large etching presses, digital facilities, and photopolymer plate maker. Please reach out to me if you would like to see what I’m working on or check out my recent instagram posts.

Photo by Tara Tucker.

Kathy at a worktable at Kala