March 11 – March 20, 2021
On The Vanguard: Meiji Period Woodblock Prints
Scholten Japanese Art
145 West 58th Street, Suite 6D
New York, New York 10019 USA
Scholten Japanese Art is proud to announce our upcoming exhibition as part of Asia Week NY – On The Vanguard: Meiji Period Woodblock Prints. Open at the gallery by appointment March 11-20. The full exhibition can be viewed online now.
This is a two-part exhibition exploring how artists responded to the introduction of foreign elements as Japan opened up to the West in the Meiji Period (1868-1912). The artists on the vanguard lead the way by balancing society’s intermittent longing for ‘Old Japan’ while adapting, and even embracing, a changing world. Part One-Cultures Collide, offers a selection of prints either celebrating Western influence or resisting the march toward modernity by embracing nostalgia. Part Two-On the Front Lines, presents a group of prints issued during a burst of creative productivity when Japan entered the international theater of war in 1894-95 in the First Sino-Japanese War, and again in 1904-05 with the Russo-Japanese War. Both conflicts reinvigorated the woodblock print market whose artists were already well-versed in art celebrating warriors and heroic tales.