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    "title": "Frank Taira",
    "body": "<div class=\"mw-parser-output\">\n <div id=\"databox-PeopleDisplay\">\n  <table class=\"infobox\" width=\"200px;\">\n   <tbody>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Name\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Frank Taira\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Born\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      September 21 1913\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Died\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      July 4 2010\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Birth Location\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      San Francisco\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n    <tr>\n     <th scope=\"row\" style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      Generational Identifier\n     </th>\n     <td style=\"text-align:left;\">\n      <p>\n       <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Nisei/\" title=\"Nisei\">\n        Nisei\n       </a>\n      </p>\n     </td>\n    </tr>\n   </tbody>\n  </table>\n </div>\n <div id=\"databox-People\" style=\"display:none;\">\n  <p>\n   FirstName:Frank;\nLastName:Taira;\nDisplayName:Frank Taira;\nBirthDate:1913-09-21;\nDeathDate:2010-07-04;\nBirthLocation:San Francisco;\nGender:Male;\nEthnicity:JA;\nGenerationIdentifier:Nisei;\nNationality:;\nExternalResourceLink:;\nPrimaryGeography:;\nReligion:;\n  </p>\n </div>\n <p>\n  Artist Frank Morihiko Taira (1913-2010) was born on August 21, 1913, in San Francisco, California, to Japanese immigrant parents. When he was fifteen years old, his family moved to Japan, leaving him behind in the United States. Taira completed high school while working as a houseboy to support himself, with the hopes of attending art school. To help raise the funds for tuition, he entered a competition sponsored by a Japanese American newspaper to create a cartoon promoting Japanese American friendship and won. With the prize money, he was able to enroll for one month at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco, where he was awarded a scholarship that covered his tuition for the remainder of his education there. From 1935-38, Taira studied at the California School of Fine Arts with instructors Victor Arnautoff, Otis Oldfield and the director of the school, Lee Randolph. As Taira's interests and talents were diverse, he simultaneously studied voice and classical guitar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.\n </p>\n <p>\n  In 1939, he exhibited at a juried show at the San Francisco Museum of Art and at the Oakland Municipal Gallery, and the following year he won first prize at the school's student exhibition. Just as he was gaining recognition, the United States entered World War II and Taira was detained first at\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Tanforan_(detention_facility)/\" title=\"Tanforan (detention facility)\">\n   Tanforan\n  </a>\n  in San Bruno, California and then sent to the\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Topaz/\" title=\"Topaz\">\n   Topaz\n  </a>\n  camp in Utah. Taira, along with\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Chiura_Obata/\" title=\"Chiura Obata\">\n   Chiura Obata\n  </a>\n  ,\n  <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/George_Matsusaburo_Hibi/\" title=\"George Matsusaburo Hibi\">\n   George Matsusaburo Hibi\n  </a>\n  and\n  <a class=\"mw-redirect encyc notrg\" href=\"/Mine_Okubo/\" title=\"Mine Okubo\">\n   Mine Okubo\n  </a>\n  , taught art at the Topaz Art School. His work was included in the 1943 exhibition of incarcerated Japanese American artists organized by the Friends Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, winning the show's award for best portrait for a work titled \"Bunny,\" which depicted his wife. He wrote of the piece: \"To me it depicts not only the sad feeling of the people in the camps but of people all over the world. It is the thing that all of us who stop to think feel when we ask ourselves—How Long?\"\n  <sup class=\"reference\" id=\"cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">\n   <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">\n    [1]\n   </a>\n  </sup>\n </p>\n <p>\n  Following his release from Topaz, he moved to New York City where he continued his education at Columbia University in 1945, the Arts Students League, and the New School for Social Research. He worked as a china decorator for the Charles China Decorating Company, making and selling fine jewelry, while continuing to paint and pursue some work in bronze.\n </p>\n <p>\n  His paintings were the subject of numerous solo exhibitions post-war including two shows at the Hudson Guild Gallery, New York (1967 and 2005);\n  <i>\n   Frank Taira: Oils\n  </i>\n  , Caravan House Gallery, New York, 1980;\n  <i>\n   Frank Taira: The Evolution of an American Artist,\n  </i>\n  Garzoli Gallery, San Rafael, CA 1992;\n  <i>\n   Frank Taira: Small Works\n  </i>\n  , ArtsForum Gallery, New York, 1999; and\n  <i>\n   Frank Taira: The Color Inside,\n  </i>\n  Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, California, 2011. His work has been included in group exhibition across the country and in Italy. He was a member of the Artists Equity Association of New York and Painters and Sculptors Society of New Jersey.\n </p>\n <p>\n  Taira died on July 4, 2010 in New York.\n </p>\n <div id=\"authorByline\">\n  <b>\n   Authored by\n   <a class=\"encyc notrg\" href=\"/Patricia_Wakida/\" title=\"Patricia Wakida\">\n    Patricia Wakida\n   </a>\n  </b>\n </div>\n <div id=\"citationAuthor\" style=\"display:none;\">\n  Wakida, Patricia\n </div>\n <div class=\"section\" id=\"For_More_Information\">\n  <h2>\n   <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"For_More_Information\">\n    For More Information\n   </span>\n  </h2>\n  <div class=\"section_content\">\n   <p>\n    Chang, Gordon H., Mark Dean Johnson, and Paul J. Karlstrom, editors.\n    <i>\n     Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970\n    </i>\n    . Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2008.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    Goss, Frank, and Danielle Peltakian. Sullivan Goss Gallery.\n   </p>\n   <p>\n    <i>\n     <a class=\"external text offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n      Frank Taira: The Color Inside\n     </a>\n    </i>\n    . Video produced by Sullivan Goss, 2011. 4 minutes.\n   </p>\n  </div>\n </div>\n <div class=\"section\" id=\"Footnotes\">\n  <h2>\n   <span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Footnotes\">\n    Footnotes\n   </span>\n  </h2>\n  <div class=\"section_content\">\n   <div class=\"reflist\" style=\"list-style-type: decimal;\">\n    <div class=\"mw-references-wrap\">\n     <ol class=\"references\">\n      <li id=\"cite_note-ftnt_ref1-1\">\n       <span class=\"mw-cite-backlink\">\n        <a class=\"\" href=\"#cite_ref-ftnt_ref1_1-0\">\n         ↑\n        </a>\n       </span>\n       <span class=\"reference-text\">\n        Gordon H. Chang, Mark Dean Johnson, and Paul J. Karlstrom, editors,\n        <i>\n         Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970\n        </i>\n        (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2008), 425;\n        <i>\n         Pacific Citizen\n        </i>\n        , June 3, 1943, 2 and Oct. 16, 1943, 3 accessed on Jan. 11, 2018 at\n        <a class=\"external free offsite\" href=\"\" rel=\"nofollow\">\n\n        </a>\n        ; quote from the last.\n       </span>\n      </li>\n     </ol>\n    </div>\n   </div>\n   <!-- \nNewPP limit report\nCached time: 20240418160726\nCache expiry: 86400\nDynamic content: false\nComplications: []\nCPU time usage: 0.014 seconds\nReal time usage: 0.020 seconds\nPreprocessor visited node count: 169/1000000\nPost‐expand include size: 2043/2097152 bytes\nTemplate argument size: 226/2097152 bytes\nHighest expansion depth: 6/40\nExpensive parser function count: 0/100\nUnstrip recursion depth: 0/20\nUnstrip post‐expand size: 734/5000000 bytes\nExtLoops count: 0\n-->\n   <!--\nTransclusion expansion time report (%,ms,calls,template)\n100.00%   15.537      1 -total\n 47.67%    7.406      1 Template:Databox-People\n 15.10%    2.346      1 Template:Reflist\n  9.22%    1.432      1 Template:Published\n  8.93%    1.388      1 Template:AuthorByline\n-->\n   <!-- Saved in parser cache with key encycmw:pcache:idhash:1730-0!canonical and timestamp 20240418160726 and revision id 35875\n -->\n  </div>\n </div>\n</div>\n<div class=\"toplink\">\n <a href=\"#top\">\n  <i class=\"icon-chevron-up\">\n  </i>\n  Top\n </a>\n</div>",
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