From Cherry Blossoms To Snow Gardens: The Floating World of Japanese Prints
February 9–March 23, 2013
From Cherry Blossoms To Snow Gardens features woodblock prints by famed ukiyo-e masters of the 19th century including Utagawa Hiroshige, Utagawa Kunisada, Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Katsushika Hokusai. These artists documented the everyday life of Edo (present day Tokyo) through vibrant images of landscape, travel, commerce and leisure. Among the many subjects represented in the exhibition are sumo wrestlers, logging and bamboo harvesting, images of the passing seasons, fireworks and boating. The exhibition also features 20th-century Japanese prints by Shiro Ikegawa, Hashiguchi Goyō, Kaoru Kawano and Kiyoshi Saito. Concurrently on view are examples of popular 20th-century Japanese print culture, such as selections of mid-century Chiyogami prints as well as prints that reflect both the evolution and continuity of Japanese visual narratives.
This exhibition was generously supported in part by the HBB Foundation, CU Art Museum benefactors and members, and CU-Boulder Student Arts and Cultural Enrichment fees. Additional support for this exhibition and related programs was generously provided by CU-Boulder’s Center for Asian Studies.