IEAS Exhibit Series — Arts of Asia

Impressions: A Collection of Contemporary Japanese Prints

Impressions: A Collection of Contemporary Japanese Prints image

September 20 – November 10, 2010
Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm
IEAS Lobby, 2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor

Prints, specifically woodblock prints, are an art form particularly associated with Japan. While artists in Japan continue to work in the woodblock print tradition, in recent decades Japanese artists have utilized a wide range of printmaking technologies. Like their print-making contemporaries elsewhere, they have experimented with new expressive effects. Some artists prefer themes and styles traditional in Japanese art; others engage global artistic trends in abstract art.

The works on display include a number of woodblock prints, but also lithographs, aquatints, etchings, mezzotints, and stencil.

This exhibit is but a small sample of the range of artistic creativity in Japanese printmaking. A guide available for use in the gallery contains brief comments highlighting aspects of the prints on display. The comments are but a suggestion of the many possible threads, associations, and references that link the works on display to Japanese artistic tradition. These comments are intended to suggest rather than affirm, and to spur the viewer to further exploration and examination.

The prints on display are on loan from SCRIPTUM Gallery in Berkeley, a gallery that specializes in Japanese prints. For further information on the prints on display, or to see additional examples of contemporary Japanese prints, visit

An opening reception on October 11 will feature artist Shinji Ando, in conversation with Archana Horsting and Mayumi Hamanaka from the Kala Art Institute.


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