Paths that Connect: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Andrews-Schroeer Collection.
An intersection of history and cultures occurs in "Paths that Connect: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Andrews-Schroeer Collection." The evolution of the form can be seen as classic ukiyo-e style works in ink, with their distinctively flat quality, give way to more modern shin-hanga prints, which incorporate Western rules perspective and a more colorful palette. The exhibit of 85 works span the Edo period (1615-1868) to the Showa period (1926-1989) and demonstrate both how the form was adapted and adopted. For instance, art from the Edo period — a period when Japanese government patronized printmaking — depicts military glory such as Captain Higuchi Saving Chinese Child which shows the hero being fired upon by the enemy. From the Showa period, several works on display are by non-Japanese artists, representative of Japan's opening to other cultures, especially after World War II. The Japanese answer to the pin-up is the bijin print: images of idealized, beautiful women, sporting the high fashion of their day. The exhibit's diversity also includes idyllic landscapes, dramatic love scenes, ghost stories, sumo wrestlers and Kabuki theater scenes. (Through May 31 at Morikami Museum, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. Call 561-495-0233.)
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