The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Understanding Japanese Prints

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    Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). 'Processional Standard Bearers at Nih…

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    Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). 'Processional Standard Bearers at Nih…

Lecture:

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Understanding Japanese Prints

Location:

Doris Duke Theatre


About the Lecture:

The exhibition Hiroshige: An Artist's Journey opens June 14. Get more out of your viewing experience by coming to this lecture by Shawn Eichman, curator of Asian art and curator of the exhibition.

Have you ever wondered why some Japanese prints are considered better or more valuable than others, even though at a first glance they might look the same? Are you bewildered by terms like "early state" or "later impression," and think that art historians have made them up just to confuse the rest of us?

In this talk, Shawn Eichman will discuss examples of prints from Hiroshige's most famous series, Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō, included in the exhibition. You will learn how to tell an earlier state from a later state and an earlier impression from a later impression, and gain a deeper appreciation for why the Honolulu Museum of Art is considered to have one of the world's finest collections of Japanese woodblock prints.

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