Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT
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Japanese Art Society of America 
Japanese Art Society of America 

JASA: 4/5/17 Henry Smith Lecture 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2017, 6:00PM 

LECTURE: Re-Creating Ukiyo-e: The Art and Craft of Tachihara Inuki by Professor Henry D. Smith IIProfessor Emeritus, Dept. of East Asian Languages & Cultures, Columbia University





Marymount School
1026 Fifth Avenue, between 83rd and 84th Streets
New York, NY 

Tachihara Inuki (1951-2015) occupies a unique place in the history of the Japanese ukiyo-e print as an artist-craftsman who single-handedly assumed all the tasks traditionally distributed among the members of the "ukiyo-e quartet": publisher, designer, woodblock carver and printer. Giving up a brief career as a jazz musician at the age of twenty-five, he set out to master entirely on his own the skills needed to make prints, using as faithfully as possible the tools and materials of nineteenth-century artisans. Over a period of fourteen years from 1978, he produced 60-odd ukiyo-e "recreations" (saigen), striving to produce prints that would have the same visual and tactile impact that they would have had when freshly printed in Edo. From 1992, he turned away from ukiyo-e recreations to his own original s˘saku prints, using the same techniques. This work was diverse, including book illustrations, portraits of contemporary kabuki actors, and most memorably, a group of portraits of what he imagined three of the great ukiyo-e masters to have looked like. Tachihara died in the summer of 2015 shortly before a retrospective exhibition of his work opened at the Hagi Uragami Museum in Yamaguchi Prefecture, for which a handsome catalogue was prepared. 

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