Thursday, September 8, 2011

Galleries to show ‘Inspired by Japan’

The first gallery art exhibition of the season, “Inspired by Japan,” opened Thursday in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries. This exhibition brings together 60 printmakers from around the world in a show that will run concurrent with several other venues including South Africa, Japan, Poland, Michigan and Oregon.

After the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March of this year, artists and printmakers gathered to produce a suite of prints titled “Inspired by Japan.”

For several centuries, Japan has been famous for the Ukiyo-e style of woodcut printmaking. Sixty artists who work in the relief form of printing (carving away parts of the woodblock, and printing the raised portion) produced limited-edition prints to be donated and sold to raise funds for disaster relief in Japan.