An American Artist in Postwar Japan: The Prints of Marian Korn

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    Marian Korn (1914–1987).'Infinity.' Japan, 1980. Soft ground and silkscreen; ink and slight color on paper. Gift of Estate of Oliver Statler, 2002 (27172).

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    Marian Korn (1914–1987). 'Red Dot.' Japan, 1980–1982. Soft ground, aquatint, and relief printing; ink and color on paper. Gift of Estate of Oliver Statler, 2002 (27174).

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    Marian Korn (1914–1987). 'View.' Japan, 1982–1983. Collograph-carborundum; ink and color on paper. Gift of Estate of Oliver Statler, 2002 (27178).

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May 28, 2015 - July 26, 2015
Honolulu Museum of Art


Exhibition Overview

In 1949, Marian Korn (1914-1987) and her husband, a business entrepreneur, moved to Tokyo to assist with the city’s postwar redevelopment. After her children had matured and moved away, Marian turned her attention to fine art. Far more ambitious than a mere hobbyist, she threw herself headfirst into an exploration of semi-representational and nonrepresentational abstraction through the production of woodblock prints, etchings, and other forms of printmaking. By the early 1970s, she had begun exhibiting her work in solo exhibitions at commercial art galleries, and by the 1980s, she had joined several Japanese art associations, such as the Red Leaf Society (Shuyōkai ) and the National Painting Society (Kokugakai ), where she received numerous awards.

This print rotation, the first in the Honolulu Museum of Art’s history to focus upon a female expatriate in Japan, highlights Korn’s works from the 1980s, the most stylistically sophisticated era of her career. Also on display in the alcove of the Japan Gallery are whimsical, figurative prints with which Korn began her artistic journey.