Impressed: Modern Japanese Prints

July 19, 2013-January 26, 2014

Frances Parker Appel Gallery / Floor 3

Iwami Reika 石見禮花 (Japanese, b. 1927)
New Moon and Sea, 1989
woodblock print
23 1/4 x 34 1/2 in. (sheet)
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Carl H. Lieber Memorial Fund, 2003.83
© Iwami Reika

Impressed: Modern Japanese Prints includes Sōsaku hanga from Japanese printmakers Tajima Hiroyuki, Iwami Reika, Saitō Kiyoshi, and Maki Haku. Sōsaku hanga, or “creative prints”, were born from an art movement in early-20th-century Japan. Whereas traditional Japanese woodblock prints were collaboratively produced by a team of skilled artisans directed by a publisher, the sōsaku hanga movement advocated that a single artist controlled every aspect of the creation of a work. In sōsaku hanga, the artist designed, self-carved, and self-printed their creations. The works in the exhibition all share the impression of having highly textured surfaces. The results are remarkably individual and stress the importance of the artist as a sole creator.

Take a docent-led tour of Impressed: Modern Japanese Prints.

Impressed: Modern Japanese Prints Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN