The Printer’s Eye: Ukiyo-e from the Grabhorn Collection
San Francisco, CA 94102
The Printer’s Eye introduces 88 works from the Grabhorn Collection, which was donated to the Asian Art Museum in 2005. Ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the floating world,” is the term for woodblock prints made to celebrate the myriad pleasures and activities available to urban residents during Japan’s long Edo period (1615–1868). The exhibition unpacks the oft-arcane subject matter of ukiyo-e, particularly celebrities of the pleasure quarters and stage: courtesans, geisha, and Kabuki actors.
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