Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)|
Number 88: Ōji, Taki no Kawa (The Waterfall River at Ōji) 1856
The Floating World|
Ukiyo-e Prints from the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art
October 6, 2013 -- December 15, 2013
Burke Gallery, Myers Fine Arts Building
Hours: Sunday to Saturday, Noon to 4 PM
|The Floating World: Ukiyo-e Prints from the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art proudly shares 50 examples of wood panel prints from Japan’s Edo Period. With the help of internationally known ukiyo-e print expert Frederick Gookin, LRMA founder Wallace B. Rogers created a superb collection in just under five years during the 1920s. Gookin’s expertise and Rogers’ funding yielded a collection rich in the works of Hiroshige, and expansive enough to include Hokusai, Utagawa, and other important printmakers. The collection was stored much of the 20th Century, and has rarely been exhibited outside of Mississippi. - More
Japanese Prints & Impressionism
Lecture by Dennis Costanzo
Thursday, October 17th, 4:30 pm, Burke Gallery, Myers Fine Arts
Japanese Pop Culture
Lecture by Tatsuo Arai, Consul General of Japan at Montreal
Friday, November 15th, Yokum 202
Followed by a reception in the Winkel Sculpture Court, Myers Fine
Arts, featuring Japanese food and drink.
View the Exhibition
The Floating World: Ukiyo-e Prints from the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art,
Tour Development by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, Kansas City, Missouri
Ukiyo-e, meaning “images of the floating world,” refers to the theater and entertainment districts in Japanese cities, which arose around the official Shogunate municipality. The Edo Period, from 1600-1868, saw the strong emergence of publishing houses; hiring artists to depict an idea, craftsmen to create a drawing for each color, woodcarvers to then transfer the drawings to wood panels, and finally a printer to create the final product. Many of the Ukiyo-e prints were actually advertisement-like posters depicting popular actors, theater performances, and even guidebooks incorporating the traditional love of nature. One piece in the Floating World collection, Seirō Niwaka by Hidemaro, served as an advertisement for the annual autumn festival in Yoshiwara Yukwaku district.
Considered to be one of the last major masters of the Ukiyo-e style, Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) alone produced over 8,000 prints and had an immense effect on landscape painting throughout the world. A student of Utagawa Toyohiro, Hiroshige created one famous series known as The 53 Post Stations of the Tōkaidō, depicting the way stations along the Tōkaidō highway, the main artery of old Japan. The Hōeidō edition of that series, with an astounding 27 works in the Floating World collection, is Hiroshige’s best known. Released in ten different editions, the series included entirely new images in each set.
What once was an art known only to the Japanese is now a treasure shared by America and much of the world. Hiroshige’s Farewell Poem (1858) seemed to foreshadow the collection’s movement from the East to the West:
Upon the Eastern Road|
My brush I’ve left behind
Now on a journey through the skies
I go see the famous places
In the Western Paradise
The showing here in Plattsburgh is part of a three-year national tour, containing 50 Edo period woodblock prints. The exhibition was organized by The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, located in Laurel, Mississippi. Management and development is provided by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, an exhibition tour development company in Kansas City, Missouri.