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Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery opens The Arts of Japan

The Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery presents The Arts of Japan an exhibition on view January 12–February 26, 2012, featuring more than 1,300 objects, encompassing both fine and applied art.


Nakabayashi Chikutō, (Japanese, 1776–1853), Chinese Landscape (detail), date unknown, Nanga School, Edo Period (1615-1886). Ink and color on silk, 71-1/2” x 20”. The Harold P. Stern Collection, Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery.

Highlights include two six-panel screen paintings: an early seventeenth-century work illustrating scenes from the Tale of Gengi, and an eighteenth-century work featuring vignettes of daily life in Kyoto, each a masterful example of Japanese painting executed in mineral colors and gold leaf; a wide range of fine ceramics from blue and white porcelain to works by artists associated with the rebirth of the Japanese folk art movement; and scrolls, paintings, and rare books. The exhibition will also feature outstanding examples of graphic arts by such influential Ukiyo-e artists as Utagawa Kunisada I, Utagawa Hiroshige, and Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, along with artists associated with the twentieth-century shin hanga movement that revitalized traditional Ukiyo-e techniques with a modern sensibility.

The Arts of Japan is organized by the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery and curated by Joseph S. Mella, director. – www.vanderbilt.edu/gallery

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