The Creative Print Movement: In the Words of the Artists and their Patrons

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    Hiratsuka Un’ichi (1895-1997). 'Portrait of James A. Michener,' Japan, Shōwa period (1926-1989), 1957. Woodblock print; ink on paper. Gift of James A. Michener, 1991. (24493b)

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    Sekino Jun’ichirō (1914-1988). 'Lafcadio Hearn in Japanese Costume,' Japan, Shōwa period (1926-1989), c. 1953. Woodblock print; ink and color on paper. Gift of James A. Michener, 1991 (24523)

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April 25, 2013 - June 23, 2013
Honolulu Museum of Art

Exhibition Overview

Two of the most influential patrons of the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Japanese print collection, James A. Michener (1907-1997) and Richard D. Lane (1926-2002), were both passionate advocates of the Sōsaku Hanga (Creative Print) Movement—particularly the works in this exhibition—and together they wrote extensively about the modernization of Japanese art.

As intimate friends of the artists, Michener and Lane possessed insight into their personalities, aspirations, and working methods. We are fortunate to have inherited not only the artwork they championed but also the texts through which they did so. To best convey their thoughts about the Creative Print Movement and to ensure that their perspectives are not squandered, the explanations accompanying the artworks on view directly quote these two patrons as well as the artists themselves.