Japanese Woodblock Print News
The festive season is approaching and what better way to show someone you care than with a beautiful japanese woodblock print? The Toshidama Gallery has selected a fantastic and eclectic variety of prints with prices starting at £65 so there is sure to be something to appeal to the ukiyo-e enthusiast in your life. For this season we have ordered the prints in price brackets to assist you in your Christmas shopping. Running concurrently with the Toshidama Gallery Winter Exhibition 2013, the featured prints for sale have been chosen specifically with Christmas shoppers in mind. The discount voucher for the Winter Exhibition also applies to the Seasonal Featured Prints, so why not sign up to the newsletter now to receive your discount and start shopping.
Still running is the last show of 2013, the Toshidama Gallery Winter Exhibition. The theme is partly censorship, and the methods that artists, singly or in collaboration, devised to circumvent various prohibitions, but especially the savage reforms of 1842. The notable series, The Comparison of the Ogura 100 Poets is well represented by six prints by Kuniyoshi and Hiroshige. The outstanding print is of course the stunning portrait of Bando Mitsuguro V as Yushide Daughter of Shindo Saemon from 1862. An astonishing bravura portrait and exemplar of woodblock printing from any age. Elsewhere there are terrific prints fom Osaka, especially the two Hirosadas and four very nice triptychs - two by the rather underrated Baido.
The gallery was featured this month in the highly desirable culture magazine Acne Paper. Alex Faulkner, Gallery Director, is interviewed on the role of onnagata in Japanese art and theatre by film maker Lisa Rovner.
We hope to start the New Year with a show dedicated to The Chushingura, that mainstay of Japanese art and kabuki theatre.
To receive your 10% discount on all the prints in the show, as well as the featured prints, simply sign up to the mailing list and apply the voucher code given in the newsletter at the checkout. Newsletter subscribers receive generous discounts on all exhibitions at the gallery and early viewing of the shows.
Elsewhere, we continue to regularly post articles on both of our blog sites at Wordpress and eblogger site blog and we are continuing (albeit slowly) to add to the scholarly resource site devoted to Toyohara Kunichika at kunichika.net . The gallery blogger will also start our kabuki stars series which is a short piece devoted to identifying key and common roles in the traditional kabuki theatre. These pieces (100 in all) will later be available as pdf downloads. Please do contact us here at the gallery if you have any queries or suggestions as to what you would like to see more of either on the site or in the information sites.
I very much hope that you enjoy the current exhibition and some of the other resources available at Toshidama.
Alex Faulkner, Toshidama Gallery.