Friday, October 28, 2011

Edo Pop - The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints

Beginning this Sunday, October 30, 2011 - Sunday, January 8, 2012, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is showing an exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints produced during Japan's Edo period (1600-1868). These prints first featured the beauties of the pleasure quarters and the actors of the Kabuki Theater :: Japan's "pop stars" of the time. Later, artists started to include landscapes, floral studies, etc.
This exhibition will include 160 of the MIA's best prints by the gener's greatest artists, including Hokusai, Utamaro, Kiyonaga, Harunobu, Shunsho, Tokokuni, Hiroshige, and Sharaku. The exhibition will also feature works of contemporary artists who were inspired by Japanese woodblock prints.
If you're in the Twin Cities I strongly recommend checking out this show - I can't wait to see it for myself! 

Kabukido Enkyo
Japanese, 1749-1803
Ichikawa Yaozo III as Umeomaru, 1796
Color woodblock print

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