Last chance to catch Japanese exhibit at the Carnegie

June 28, 2013 by  

The Carnegie Museum of Art’s exhibit ‘Japan is the key … : collecting prints and ivories, 1900-1920’ is closing in mid-July. It is currently showing in Gallery One.

The exhibit features over 50 prints by artists such as Utamaro Kitagawa and Kunisada. Most of the pieces were collected by Sadakichi Hartmann and other early 20th century collectors. The emphasis is on the Japanese woodblock prints known as Ukiyo-e. In addition, several ivory figures that belonged to H.J. Heinz, which are on loan from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, are also on display as part of the exhibit.

Most Ukiyo-e prints were created between the 17th and 20th Centuries. They were an affordable art form for the average Japanese resident to have on display in their home. They are created first by an artist drawing the original artwork in ink. This is then traced, glued to a piece of wood, and cut out.

This exhibit will likely appeal to those who work in graphic arts and printing companies in the Pittsburgh area, since it will allow them to learn more the history of the printmaking form and may be inspired to duplicate these effects in their own art or marketing campaigns.

The exhibit is running until July 21 at the Carnegie Museum of Art, at which the gallery is open seven days a week. Admission is $17.95 for adults, $14.95 for seniors, and $11.95 for students. For more information about the exhibit, call 412-622-3131.