The Legacy of Japanese Printmaking

12 September – 20 October 1991

This exhibition from the collection of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, Canada, contains some 65 prints, made by printmakers from the last 200 years.

This exhibition traces the history and development of Japanese printmaking from the earliest one-colour wood block print of the 17th century, through the development of polychromatic prints in the 18th century, to the later introduction of Western techniques. Japanese prints have had a tremendous impact on western artists and are highly acclaimed today though once considered the "street art" of the lower classes and the prints were held in disdain for centuries by Japan's ruling Samurai (military class) and nobles.

Such well-known Japanese printmakers as Hiroshige, Hokusai, and Utamaro are represented in this fascinating exhibition.

This exhibition has been brought to New Zealand by Exhibitour, with the assistance of Air New Zealand Cargo. It is toured nationwide by Exhibitour with the assistance of Movements International Movers Limited.

('The Legacy of Japanese Printmaking', Bulletin, No.76, September/October 1991, p.2)X