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Shunga



Erotic Art of Japan: Everybody's Doing It

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

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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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Binnie Flowers detail



Paul Binnie: Flowers of a Hundred Years

An ongoing large format bijin series by Paul Binnie lavishly printed utilizing embossing, multiple over-printings, bokashi, various types of mica, silver and bronze metallic pigments, and 23 carat gold leaf details.

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Okuni



The Nightlife: Entertainments of the Floating World

An exhibition devoted to the art of evening amusements.

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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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Blue Prints



Sacred Sutras and Profane Pledges

An exhibition devoted to the art of Japanese calligraphy.

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Blue Prints



Blue Print

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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10th anniversary exhibition, Part 2



2010: 20th century Japanese Prints and Paintings, 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Part II

A continuation of our 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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Paul Binnie from Painting to Prints and Back



Paul Binnie: Paintings to Prints and Back Again

A special exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints by Paul Binnie scheduled to commemorate a prestigious commission which Paul is presenting to the New York Print Club in September 2010.

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10th anniversary exhibition



2010: 20th century Japanese Prints and Paintings, 10th Anniversary Exhibition

This exhibition is a reflection of the gallery's continuing interest in 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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triptychs



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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Daruma



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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Hokusai woodblock prints



HOKUSAI
woodblock prints


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



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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Highlights of Japanese Printmaking



Highlights of Japanese Printmaking Part 3: the International Perspective

This exhibition of prints from Scholten's newly published catalog explores the role played by American and European artists in the development of Japanese style woodblock printmaking in the 20th century.

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Paul Binnie



Echoes of Japan: the Woodblock Prints of Paul Binnie

An exhibition of the prints of Paul Binnie, a Scotsman living in London, who works in the Japanese tradition of woodblock printmaking.

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paintings by Shin Hanga artists



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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Chato



Chatô: Ceramic Teaware (Highlights)

A selection of highlights from the gallery exhibition of Momoyama (1568-1615) to Edo Period (1615-1868) ceramics used for the tea ceremony.

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Munakata



Munakata & His Circle (Highlights)

A selection of highlights from the gallery exhibition focused on the work of Shiko Munakata (1903-1975), which also includes the work of his friends in the Mingei movement, including Hamada Shoji (1894-1978), Kawai Kanjiro (1890-1966), and Serizawa Keisuke (1895-1984).

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Prices of available prints can be found in our woodblock print section of Selections from the Collection.
Japanese printmaking



Highlights of Japanese Printmaking Part Two – Shin Hanga

Featuring 100 entries illustrating 120 woodblock prints (with two complete sets of multiple prints and five entries with variant impressions); comprised of 62 bijin-ga, 43 landscapes, and 15 kabuki actor portraits. With works by 33 artists, including: Hakutei, Hiroaki (Shotei), Goyo, Shinsui, Hasui, Yoshida, Kotondo, Kiyoshi, Toyonari (Koka), Shunsen, and others.

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Prices of available prints can be found in our woodblock print section of Selections from the Collection.
Japanese printmaking



Highlights of Japanese Printmaking Part One

Featuring 50 woodblock prints; comprised of 26 figural subjects and 24 landscapes. Including works by: Harunobu, Koryusai, Kiyonaga, Eishi, Utamaro, Hokusai, Hiroshige, and others.

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Kawase Hasui


Dawn and Twilight woodblock prints of Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)

Following our Winter Wonderland and Spring Showers online exhibitions, for mid-summer we have selected compositions featuring clearer skies, the warmth of dawn, and the quiet of twilight.

In commemoration of the long-awaited publication, Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints, by our friends at Hotei Publishing, we are pleased to focus our online exhibitions on the moods and seasons of Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), one of the most important Japanese woodblock print landscape artists of the 20th century. With more than 650 woodblock prints in his oeuvre, his nostalgic vision of Japan, with its shrines, temples, and bridges have been appreciated by Japanese and Westerners alike. His fascination with historical Japan, transience of life, and love of nature, earned him recognition in 1956 as a Living National Treasure (the greatest honor an artist can experience in post-war Japan).

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Views of Japanese Scenery


Spring Showers woodblock prints of Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)

In commemoration of the long-awaited publication, Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints, by our friends at Hotei Publishing, we are pleased to focus our online exhibitions on the moods and seasons of Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), one of the most important Japanese woodblock print landscape artists of the 20th century. With more than 650 woodblock prints in his oeuvre, his nostalgic vision of Japan, with its shrines, temples, and bridges have been appreciated by Japanese and Westerners alike. His fascination with historical Japan, transience of life, and love of nature, earned him recognition in 1956 as a Living National Treasure (the greatest honor an artist can experience in post-war Japan).

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Twenty Views of Tokyo



Winter Wonderland woodblock prints of Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)

In commemoration of the long-awaited publication, Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints, by our friends at Hotei Publishing, we are pleased to focus our online exhibitions on the moods and seasons of Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), one of the most important Japanese woodblock print landscape artists of the 20th century. With more than 650 woodblock prints in his oeuvre, his nostalgic vision of Japan, with its shrines, temples, and bridges have been appreciated by Japanese and Westerners alike. His fascination with historical Japan, transience of life, and love of nature, earned him recognition in 1956 as a Living National Treasure (the greatest honor an artist can experience in post-war Japan).

Many of Hasui's designs explore the contrast between light and dark. His palates range from soft blues and grays to quiet winterscapes- the stillness interrupted only by restrained touches of red. Hasui is particularly noted for his genius in depicting dreamy snow scenes. Art historians in the past have even nicknamed him the "Artist of Snow."

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shokuin netsuke


Expressions of Style: Netsuke as Art

A selection of highlights from our groundbreaking fall 2001 exhibition.

Japanese netsuke are small carvings that once served to anchor accessories to the broad sash worn with the traditional Japanese kimono. Their compact size provided an opportunity for the artist to demonstrate their skill and creativity, while their varied subject matter and materials allowed the wearer to express his class, wealth, and style.

A full color catalog of Expressions of Style: Netsuke as Art is available in our online bookstore.

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Hiroshi Yoshida the inland sea


Hiroshi Yoshida

Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950) brought a special perspective to twentieth-century Japanese printmaking. To show the same scene at various times of the day, in different lights, he used different colors on the same blocks, as can be seen in the two versions of Himeji Castle. His prints have a certain three-dimensional effect, which he achieved by making many impressions of similar or contrasting color on the same block, to achieve shadows and shadings of color. He was known for his excellent rendering of the sea, as can be seen in this print from his famed Inland Sea series. His Japan Alps series was also acclaimed, as was his series of the much-loved Japanese cherry blossoms. His curiosity about the world outside of Japan led him to various countries, including India, China and the United States, where he applied his Japanese printmaking techniques to foreign subjects, again to great praise.

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Shinsui beauty


Modern Landscapes, Modern Beauties: The Woodblock Prints of Ito Shinsui (1898-1972)
In conjunction with an exhibition at the gallery, this online exhibition gives a comprehensive overview of Shinsui's oeuvre

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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Hokusai shunga


Sex in the City: Japanese Erotic Prints
(Please be advised the images included in this exhibition are graphic in nature and have always been intended for an adult audience.)

Shunga (erotic prints) were an important genre in the world of woodblock prints. Created by many of the most famous of the ukiyo-e masters, these prints are notable not only for their salacious themes, but also for their fine artistic rendering. The online exhibition displays works by many well-known artists, including Koryusai, Hokusai, Eisen and Shuncho. Most shunga were originally published in book format, with twelve prints (one for each season), typically making up a book.

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Toyohara Kunichika



Toyohara Kunichika
Fifty-Four Modern Feelings (Matched with the Fifty-Four Chapters of Genji)

Scenes from the Lady Murasaki Shikubu's 11th century novel, The Tale of Genji have been illustrated an infinite number of times in paintings, prints, lacquer ware and ceramics. Kunichika was not the first artist to publish a series of prints based on The Tale of Genji. In fact, his teacher Kunisada had produced the original Rustic Genji illustrations for Ryotei Tanehiko's novel, An Imposter Murasaki and a Rustic Genji, 1828.

Kunichika's title Fifty-Four Modern Feelings is a play on words: the characters that can be read "Genji" as in The Tale of Genji, literally translates to mean "contemporary times" (genji).

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