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gA modern ukiyo-e artist who inherits the spirit of Hokusai came to New
A female ukiyo-e artist who attracts peoplefs attention for her gEdo Spirith and power of description was finally coming to the United States. Her individual exhibition with the concept of gthe Spiritual of Edoh was held at the Nippon Club. About twenty pieces including Ukiyo-e of deities which were dedicated to twelve major Shinto shrines in Japan, ukiyo-e of Kabuki which catch stylishness of Edo, paintings of these ukiyo-e and gIrodori-eh, the drawings of Edo produced with the newest printing technology. All of these was displayed at the gallery in the first floor, And her work was possessed in the New York Public Library.
From Monday 9th October to Friday 20th October, 2006
At New York Nippon Club first floor gallery
145 West 57th street, New York, NY 10019
@Promoter: Executive Committee of Messages from MIHASHI Mari, a modern ukiyo-e artist
Sponsor: Consulate General of Japan in New York, Visit Japan Campaign Headquarters, Public Affairs
Headquarters for Shikinen Sengu
The history of Ukiyo-e (Japanese woodcut printing) during the Edo period is that of a constant search for a new printing technique - a difficult challenge. As a modern Ukiyo-e artist, Mari Mihashi believes in the importance of continuing a pioneering spirit, courageously facing unknown fields and daring to attempt them. Modern Ukiyo-e chooses subjects that reflect traditional Japanese customs, and passes the cultural aspects of its spirit down to the next generation, a process that never ends. It occupies an important role in the creation of a new culture by capturing a
hint of the time. As one way of achieving this, the artist employs a traditional national
treasure, Echizen-Hoshogami, a very heavy paper of the best quality still found in Japan, along with new methods that combine traditional and state-of-the-art digital printing. The result is the worldfs first technique for producing magnificent one-of-a-kind prints that join the virtues of the ancient to those of modern.
Thus, this emerging Ukiyo-e printing technique may one day replace what is know as Nishiki-e ? the traditional colored-woodcut technique, which dates back to the 17th century.
Echizen-Hoshogami: a living national treasure, the Ninth, Iwano-ichibei
Photography and Giclee print: Takeuchi Print Studio Co., Ltd.
Serigraph and Giclee print: Kobayashi-Biken, Inc.