Category Archives: kabuki theatre

Jasper Johns: Skin and Oshiguma

The print pictured above is by the outstanding American artist Jasper Johns. The print was made by Johns coating his skin with oil and then impressing his face and hands onto a sensitised litho plate. Charcoal was rubbed onto the … Continue reading

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Kabuki All-Stars #8 Matsuemon

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Kabuki All-Stars #7 Soga Goro

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Kabuki All-Stars #6 Gonpachi

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Kabuki All-Stars #5 Nikki Danjo

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Kabuki All-Stars #4 Ishikawa Goemon

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Kabuki All-Stars #3 Benkei

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Kabuki All Stars, #2 Danshichi

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Kabuki All-Stars, #1 Jiraiya

During the current crisis, Toshidama Gallery will post a series of ‘playing card’  guides to the heroes and villains of the kabuki theatre, as depicted in the woodblock prints of the nineteenth century. Not very academic, but I hope that … Continue reading

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Figures and Backgrounds in Ukiyo-e

Japanese woodblock prints liberate the figure from the ground by either dipensing with it altogether, or by embedding it like in marquetry, or by creating a series of flat cut outs arranged in shallow space – like the flats in a theatre. The figure can be turned into the complex system of signs and symbols that create narrative or else be involved in the complex visual game of ‘mitate’ where people and things stand for or make equivalence with other things… naturalism as known in the west is not part of the repetoire of ukiyo-e artists, their game was more complicated Continue reading

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