Monthly Archives: March 2011

Japanese Shunga Prints – Art or Pornography?

It is the fashion, especially among connoisseurs, to make distinctions between erotica and pornography. However, it seems to me disingenuous to describe some images as pornographic and others as erotic when the distinction is only contextual or at least subjective. … Continue reading

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The Japanese woodblock print artist Nana Shiomi

From time to time we like to look at the connections between traditional ukiyo-e and contemporary art. One contemporary Japanese woodblock artist of particular note is Nana Shiomi whose work in extending the reach of the medium and embedding traditional … Continue reading

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Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

We send our heartfelt condolences to our friends and all the people of Japan during this terrible time.

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Heroes and Villains – the Fantastical World of Samurai Prints

Here is the Samurai video we made to coincide with the current show at the gallery, on our Blip tv channel. [blip.tv ?posts_id=4875489&dest=-1]  

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Japanese Warrior Prints – Reverie and Reportage

Woodblock prints of Japanese warriors tended to dominate the ukiyo-e scene from the 1820’s until nearly the end of the century. What is surprising is how so many prints were produced of battles, skirmishes, victories and defeats without actually witnessing … Continue reading

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