• 17 Jun 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Webinar

This event is organized by the Japan America Society of Minnesota.

Please join us for a virtual walkthrough of the exhibition 'Yoshitoshi: Master Draftsman Transformed' provided by Dr. Andreas Marks, Mary Griggs Burke Curator and Head of the Japanese and Korean Art Department at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) on Wednesday, June 17.

This exhibition was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal but since Mia has been closed due to COVID-19 it is inaccessible. Using photographs of the artworks and their installation, Dr. Marks will walk us through his exhibition and introduce some of the highlights. Please join us!

Mia is a JASM corporate member and we are grateful for their support.

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839–1892) is considered the last major artist of classical Japanese woodblock prints, known as ukiyo-e. His career spanned Japan’s transformation from feudal backwater to modern nation-state, largely during the Meiji period (1868–1912), when he was the undisputed leader in his field. The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) has been presenting the exhibition 'Yoshitoshi: Master Draftsman Transformed' that aims to highlight how Yoshitoshi worked, his skill as a draftsman, and how he responded to changing tastes between around 1860 and 1890. Some of the published prints are shown directly beside his original sketches. This is the first time that Yoshitoshi’s curious and largest-known painting—an image of six great generals of the East and West, including George Washington and Napoleon III—has been exhibited anywhere.

Dr. Andreas Marks is the Head of the Japanese and Korean Art Department at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. From 2008 to 2013 he was the Director and Chief Curator of the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in California. He has a Ph.D. from Leiden University in the Netherlands and a master’s degree in East Asian Art History from the University of Bonn, Germany. A specialist of Japanese woodblock prints, he is the author of 15 books. His "Publishers of Japanese Prints: A Compendium," is the first comprehensive reference work in any language on Japanese print publishers. In 2014 he received an award from the International Ukiyo‐e Society in Japan for his research. He has curated exhibitions in a variety of media from pre‐modern to contemporary art and visual culture at 25 museums. His latest 600-page book on masterpieces of Japanese woodblock prints was just published by Taschen.

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