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  2018 exhibitions
Mirror Mirror

MIRROR MIRROR: Reflecting Beauty in Japanese Prints and Paintings
An exhibition exploring representations of the mirror, both as a theme itself and as a visual metaphor for viewing other subjects in floating world imagery.

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  2017 exhibitions
Yoshitoshi-Darkening Times

Darkening Skies: The Tumultuous Times of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
A continuation of our March 2017 single-artist exhibition on Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) drawing from a collection assembled over a period of nearly ten years and recently published in a full-color catalogue illustrating 180 woodblock prints, the September show will focus on the dynamic and tumultuous times in which Yoshitoshi lived as reflected in some of his more violent imagery.

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Binnie Body Illustrated

The Body Illustrated: Woodblock Prints, Paintings & Drawings by Paul Binnie
An exhibition inspired by the completion of Paul Binnie's beloved series A Hundred Shades of Ink of Edo (Edo Zumi hyaku shoku) with a comprehensive exploration of the artist's nude and tattoo subjects in a variety of media.

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Featuring the woodblock prints of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), one of the last great ukiyo-e artists of the 19th century.

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Fully illustrated catalogue available.

  2016 exhibitions
Kabuki exhibition

Strike a Pose: Spectacular Imagery of the Kabuki Theater, Part I
This exhibition will display an array of imagery related to one of Japan's most distinctive, and yet possibly least understood, cultural exports: the kabuki theater.

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Kabuki Part II

Strike a Pose: Spectacular Imagery of the Kabuki Theater, Part II
A 20th century supplement of nearly 40 additional prints including works by Natori Shunsen, Hasegawa Sadanobu III, and a comprehensive survey of kabuki prints by Paul Binnie produced early in his career while living in Japan and inspired by his work as an earphone guide at the Kabukiza in Tokyo.

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Summer Exhibition 2016

Summer 2016
For our gallery exhibition during the steamy summer months we present a cooling compilation of watery subjects found in paintings and woodblock prints.

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Ukiyo-e Tales Floating World

Ukiyo-e Tales: Stories from the Floating World An exhibition of ukiyo-es focusing predominately on images of beauties and the layers of meaning and stories that are conveyed via subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) clues found in the compositions.

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  2015 exhibitions
2015 Exhibition

20th century Japanese prints and paintings 15th anniversity exhibition

An exhibition celebrating our 15th year in New York, as well as the 100th anniversary of the birth of shin-hanga, with a special presentation exploring the intertwining development of Japanese woodblock prints from the early to mid-20th century by artists who designed shin-hanga and sosaku-hanga.
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Utagawa Hiroshige, Java Sparrow and Camellia

Kacho Fugetsu: Natural Beauty in Japanese Art

An exhibition devoted to images of nature.

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  2014 exhibitions
Shotei, Izumi Bridge

Dark & Stormy: Evocative Images for Uncertain Times

An exhibition primarily of landscape woodblock prints depicting nocturnal views.

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Erotic Art of Japan: Everybody's Doing It

An exhibition primarily of woodblock prints known as shunga (lit. 'spring pictures').

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  2013 exhibitions
Kobayakawa Kiyoshi

Uncovered and Discovered: The Nude Figure in Modern Japanese Prints

This presentation is devoted to exploring the Japanese response to the classical Western idealization of the nude figure in a work of art.

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The Nightlife: Entertainments of the Floating World

An exhibition devoted to the art of evening amusements.

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  2012 exhibitions
Sakai Hoitsu, Peonies

RINPA: Classical Connections

An exhibition devoted to Rinpa (or Rimpa), a highly stylized genre of painting, calligraphy, and decorative arts (including ceramic and lacquer designs).

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Poetry Fragment

Sacred Sutras and Profane Pledges

An exhibition devoted to the art of Japanese calligraphy.

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  2011 exhibitions
Blue Prints


An exhibition inspired simply by the color blue— a hue which actually played a pivotal role in the development of Japanese woodblock printmaking in the 19th century.

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Monogatari tales of Japan

MONOGATARI: Tales of Japan

An exhibition of paintings, woodblock prints and netsuke devoted to the art of story-telling.

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  2010 exhibitions
Goyo, Woman Combing Her Hair


Scholten marks our 10th year in New York with a special exhibition which examines the intertwining development of Japanese woodblock prints from the early to mid-20th century by artists who designed shin-hanga (lit. 'new prints') and sosaku-hanga (lit. 'creative prints')
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New York Night oil on canvas by Paul Binnie

Paul Binnie: Paintings to Prints and Back Again

An exhibition to commemorate a prestigious commission of a limited edition woodblock print by Paul Binnie for the Print Club of New York. The exhibition includes sketches, drawings watercolors and oil paintings related to woodblock print designs.
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Side by Side by Side: Ukiyo-e Triptychs

An exhibition of multi-panel woodblock prints dating from the 18th and 19th centuries.
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Sacred Symbols in Profane Japan

An exhibition of paintings and religious objects of devotion which explores spiritual imagery in Japanese Art.
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  2009 exhibitions

woodblock prints

An exhibition devoted to the woodblock prints of the master ukiyo-e landscape artist, Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).
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Nihonga Beauties

Nihonga Beauties

This exhibition is focused on the bijin (beautiful women) paintings of Nihonga artists in the first few decades of the 20th century.
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Netsuke and Inro

Netsuke and Inro

An exhibition of Netsuke and Inro in recognition of the long-awaited return of the International Netsuke Society's convention to New York City.

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Edo Rinpa: Master Painters of the Eastern Capital

This exhibition is focused on the paintings of Rinpa artists active in the city of Edo during the 18th and 19th centuries.
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  2008 exhibitions
Paul Binnie

Echoes of Japan: the Woodblock Prints of Paul Binnie

An exhibition of prints by Paul Binnie, a Scotsman living in London, who has over the past 15 years become one the most important artists working in the Japanese tradition of woodblock printmaking.
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Shin Hanga

Paintings by Shin Hanga Artists

An exhibition focusing on paintings from the early to mid-20th century by artists who designed shin-hanga or "new prints".
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To use, to enjoy

To Use, To Enjoy

This exhibition features a selection of approximately ten objects that were made for ordinary utilitarian purposes, but through the prism of time, have come to be appreciated for their extraordinary age, rarity, and inherent beauty.
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  2007 exhibitions

Chato: Ceramic Teaware
This exhibition is focused on the ceramics used for tea ceremony from Momoyama Period (1568-1615) and Edo Period (1615-1868).
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Munakata & His Circle
The work of Shiko Munakata (1903-1975) with the work of his friends in the Mingei movement, including Yanagi Soetsu, Hamada Shoji, Kawai Kanjiro, and Serizawa Keisuke.
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  2006 exhibitions
blue and white porcelain

Japanese Ceramics: Blue & White
New York Asia Week, September 15 – 27, 2006
Ryo Iida Asian Art and Scholten Japanese Art are pleased to present their fourth exhibition together: Japanese Ceramics: Blue & White, featuring a selection of approximately 50 examples rendered in the blue & white palette. The show focuses on porcelain produced for the Japanese domestic market from the mid-17th century to highly polished pieces of the late 19th century Meiji Period.
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Stone on the Stomach Feast for the Eye

Kaiseki: Stone on the Stomach, Feast for the Eye
March 28 - April 8, 2006
Ryo Iida Asian Art and Scholten Japanese Art are pleased to present their third exhibition together: Kaiseki: Stone on the Stomach, Feast for the Eye, featuring a selection of over 20 ceramic vessels that were made and actually utilized to serve meals and drinks during a kaiseki meal.
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  2005 exhibitions
Kitaoji Rosanjin

Kitaoji Rosanjin (1883-1959): From the Kitchen to the Kiln
September 19 - 30, 2005
Kitaoji Rosanjin is respected as a multi-talented artistic genius of the 20th century, the self-proclaimed 'greatest master' expressed himself in several media including calligraphy, engraving, painting, lacquer and perhaps most famously, ceramics. The show includes over 20 ceramics pieces together with one woodblock printed self-portrait.
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Suiboku: Water & Sumi Ink
March 26 - April 3, 2005
Ryo Iida Asian Art and Scholten Japanese Art are very pleased to be offering an exhibition of Japanese ink paintings during New York's March- April 2005 Asia Week. This small but select exhibition includes five suiboku (monochrome) paintings: one painting by Kano Motonobu and four paintings of the Sotatsu school. In addition to the group of ink paintings, the exhibition will include a selection of lacquer and ceramic objects to complement the studied mood of the show, including an 18th century lacquer ink stone box (suzuribako) with a decoration of a rooster under a crescent moon.
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  2003 exhibitions

Highlights from Scholten Japanese Art
March 15 - Apri1 2, 2003
This spring, Scholten Japanese Art proudly presents Highlights from Scholten Japanese Art, a collection of Japanese works of art, including folding screens, paintings, woodblock prints, lacquer, netsuke and inro. The works selected for this exhibition reflect some of the finest objects from our collection.
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  2002 exhibitions

Art of the Samurai
Oct 15 - Dec 6, 2002
This fall, Scholten Japanese Art proudly presents a collection of Japanese armor, helmets, clothing, sword guards (tsuba), and other fine works of art relating to the samurai. As collections of Japanese armor and art of the samurai are rarely seen outside of museums, this exhibition will surely arouse the historian in all of us.
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Autumn Leaves: Japanese Works of Art
September 14 - October 1, 2002
In conjunction with New York's September 2002 Asia Week, Scholten Japanese Art is proud to present Autumn Leaves: Japanese Works of Art. Inspired by the Japanese love of nature and appreciation of seasonal changes, the exhibition will display paintings, lacquer, screens, woodblock prints, netsuke, and kimono-all suggesting autumnal images.
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A Midsummer Night's Dream: Courtesans, Heroes and Waterfalls
June 5 - August 15, 2002
Take a stroll with Utamaro's exquisite beauties, come face-to-face with Kuniyoshi's Suikoden warriors and make a pilgrimage to Hokusai's magnificent waterfalls. Join us for a comprehensive selection of Japanese woodblock prints spanning three centuries and fifteen artists: from ukiyo-e's earliest pioneers, Suzuki Harunobu (ca. 1724-70) and Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815), to the premier shin-hanga artists, Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950) and Ito Shinsui (1898-1972).

Modern Landscapes Modern Beauties: The Woodblock Prints of Ito Shinsui (1898-1972)
March 20th - April 20th, 2002
In conjunction with New York's March 2002 Asia Week, Scholten Japanese Art launches an exhibition of the modern print artist Ito Shinsui entitled Modern Landscapes, Modern Beauties: The Woodblock Prints of Ito Shinsui (1898-1972). This comprehensive show spans the entire career of this quintessential shin-hanga (lit. 'new prints') artist, who achieved great success in the United States during his own lifetime as the result of two landmark exhibitions dedicated to shin-hanga artists held in 1930 and 1936.
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International Asian Art Fair
March 22 to March 26, 2002
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Damrosch Park
West 62nd Street, New York City
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  2001 exhibitions

Sex in the City: Japanese Erotic Prints
November 3, 2001 - February 15, 2002
Scholten Japanese Art presents a collection of shunga (lit. spring pictures), otherwise known as erotic prints. This show runs in conjunction with the new publication from Hotei Publishing, Japanese erotic prints: shunga by Harunobu and Koryusai, written by Scholten Japanese Art's Netherlands Representative, Inge Klompmakers. Many of the prints featured in this book will be on view as part of this exhibition, as well as works by additional artists.
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Expressions of Style: Netsuke as Art
September 20 - October 20, 2001
This fall Scholten Japanese Art will be holding an exhibition of important Japanese netsuke from private collections. Not only will this be the first major exhibition of this art form to ever be held in a New York gallery, it will also be the first major selling exhibition ever to be held within the continental U.S. A fully illustrated color catalogue of over 200 netsuke is available to accompany the exhibition.
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Natsu: A Japanese Summer
June 1 to August 15, 2001
Scholten Japanese Art moves into summer with a timely exhibition entitled Natsu: A Japanese Summer. Just as all four seasons are very important in Japan, each resonating with its own special traditions and iconography, summer (or in Japanese natsu) is typically meaningful.

Scholten Japanese Art invites you to view a collection of works that depict the summer season through either representation of typical clothing or activities, or by association through the relatively cooling aspects of fans or water. Perhaps just the sight of a lovely young woman in summer kimono depicted in a ukiyo-e print will provide a similar antidote to the New York summer.
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Delicate Divide: The Art of the Japanese Screen
March 21, 2001 to April 21, 2001
The exhibition is inspired by the byobu, or the folding screen which is implied as an "enclosure" or a "protection against" (byo) the wind (bu). The exquisitely painted Japanese screen was an integral element of Japanese architecture and played a central part in Japanese life.
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  2000 exhibitions

The Beauty and Her Realm
December 1, 2000 to February 28, 2001
This exhibition is inspired by a complete collection of woodblock prints by Keisai Eisen depicting the bijin or Japanese beauty. The accompanying works of art are associated with the daily life of the Japanese beauty; such as hair ornaments, tebako (lacquer cosmetic box), fumibako (letter box), and an elaborate lacquer bento (lunch) box.
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netsuke Scholten's Inaugural Exhibition
The opening exhibition was celebrated on September 20th with a gala reception with over 400 collectors, scholars, and dealers of Asian art in attendance.

The works of art selected for the opening exhibition represent some of the finest artists, schools, and genres of Japanese art. The 90 objects on display included: 36 netsuke, 20 inro, 12 lacquer boxes including a spectacular writing box and table set; 19 woodblock prints; as well as a select group of paintings largely reflecting the Edo period (1603-1868).