JOHN GRADE: After the Wawona and KAWASE HASUI: Four Shin Hanga Masters
JOHN GRADE: After the Wawona
Acclaimed Seattle artist John Grades perennial focus remains on environmentally related works, often inspired and extracted from microscopic points of view, that range from monumental (interior and exterior) installations to a more moderate scale.
This series marks a pivotal transition couched between the larger works and will feature new sculpture in wood and resin (example: Core) as well as two in iron, cast at the Kohler facility during Grades installation of Capacitor. For Grade, the human scale pieces are especially important as “they act as fertile ground – allowing time to reflect, experiment and explore alternative directions and sub themes that cannot be hit within the larger works.”
KAWASE HASUI: Four Shin Hanga Masters
Davidson Galleries is pleased to present a wonderful collection of Shin-hanga woodblock prints by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950),Shiro Kasamatsu (1898-1991), and Ishwata Koitsu (1897-1987). Shin-hanga (new prints) was a Japanese print movement which flourished 1920-55. The term was intended to distinguish between the new direction of Japanese printmakingsosaku-hanga (creative prints) where the artist did three of what had been separate collaborations - design, create the printing matrix, and then pull the finished impression from that matrix. Shin-hanga represents a continuation of the traditional collaboration rooted in the 18th and 19th century ukiyo-e printmaking but where the subjects now reflect the influence of the West, Impressionism and other European centered art. The woodblock prints were largely exported in response to their enormous appeal for collectors in the West.
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