Japanese Woodblock Prints
April 1 – May 31, 2008
From the Andrews/Shroeer Collection
Woodblock prints constitute one of Japan’s best known forms of artistic expression, while printmaking has been a continuous activity from the 18th century to the present. The Shroeer Collection affords a rare opportunity to examine the variety of Japanese woodblock prints, as well as the very process of print-making. What were the interests of the ukiyo-e prints of the 18th and 19th centuries? How did they reflect the society in which they were made? How did printmaking evolve in the 20th century and how did woodblock prints continue to reflect or reject ukiyo-e concerns of the past?
This exhibition explores these themes and more with works by Hiroshi Yoshida, Hasui Kawase, Bairei Kono, Kyosai Kawanabe, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Paul Jacoulet, Yoshitoshi Mori, Kunichika Toyohara and Hiroshige Ando.