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Modern Sensibilities in Japanese Landscape Traditions

June 23 - August 26, 2018

In conjunction with the summer exhibition, Kimono! The Artistry of Itchiku Kubota, the Museum of Art presents Modern Sensibilities in Japanese Landscape Traditions. This exhibition, an examination of 20th-century Japanese woodblock prints, is on view from June 23 through August 26. Laura J. Mueller, Ph.D., a specialist in the field, is guest curator.

The 20th century, modern artistic practices influenced the creative evolution of Japan’s long tradition of landscapes. In the previous century, artists had developed highly sophisticated conventions of a uniquely Japanese approach to landscape genre in full-color woodblock prints, including stylized, delineated representations of nature. Celebrated artists Katsushika Hokusai (1790-1858) solidified modes of landscape representation in ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the floating world.” In a modern response to that rich tradition, artists including Yoshida Hiroshi (1876-1950) and Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) drew inspiration from new ways of interpreting nature and painterly expressions of scenery that brought about new visual and poetic sensibilities that fundamentally altered the landscape print traditions in Japan.

Modern Sensibilities will presents 33 works of art that demonstrate how modern landscape print artists in Japan built on established modes of representation to create a fresh visual approach to the genre that found enthusiastic audiences and markets well beyond the shores of Japan. These compositions explore a new dynamic aesthetic that captivated and inspired collectors and artists with their modern meditations on nature in an ever-shrinking, urbanizing world.

The Museum of Art is proud to showcase a little-known aspect of its collection and thanks Dr. Mueller for her thoughtful and enlightening work. The Museum also gratefully acknowledges The Matt Law Firm, sponsor of Modern Sensibilities.

Exhibition Programs

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Modern Sensibilities in Japanese Landscape Traditions

Laura J. Mueller, Guest Curator
Free and open to the public

As a direct response to the celebrated works of 19th-century Japanese print artists, the approach of modern print artists brought about new visual and poetic sensibilities that fundamentally altered the landscape print traditions in Japan. This talk will explore the fresh, dynamic ways these modern artists saw and created landscape art that caught the imagination and enthusiasm of collectors around the world.

  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 12 pm
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Modern Sensibilities in Japanese Landscape Traditions
  • Friday, June 29, 2018, 12 pm
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Modern Sensibilities in Japanese Landscape Traditions

Join us  for a special Art Story program for all ages that explores the arts of Japan.

Paul Kotwica
Teaching Artist and Museum of Art Docent

Free and open to the public, for all ages

  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 10:30 am - 12 pm
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Modern Sensibilities in Japanese Landscape Traditions

Taiko Masala has thrilled audiences throughout the United States with their performances of traditional Japanese Taiko drumming. Their arsenal of instruments, all hand made by the ensemble, range from small eight-inch hand-held drums, to five-foot barrel drums, and up to the giant 250-pound O-daiko drum.

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  • Saturday, August 4, 2018, 7:30 pm
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New York State Council on the Arts with the support of
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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