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Noted Authority On Japanese Woodblock Prints To Give Gallery Talk At University Of Virginia Art Museum

November 10, 2003 --

WHAT: Weedon Lectures in the Arts of Asia
Reception follows

WHO: Sandy Kita, assistant professor of Japanese Art History
University of Maryland, College Park

TITLE: “Edo Then, America Now: Understanding Japanese Prints and their Appeal”

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 23, 2 p.m.

WHERE: U.Va. Art Museum, Main Gallery

In conjunction with the University of Virginia Art Museum exhibition, “The Moon Has No Home: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Collection of the University of Virginia Art Museum,” Japanese art historian Sandy Kita will give a gallery talk.

Japanese color woodblock prints, often known as Ukiyo-e or pictures of the floating world, are among the most collected and appreciated genres of Japanese art in both Japan and the United States. The U.Va. Art Museum possesses a striking collection of these prints from the 19th century. Responding to rapid changes in Japanese society, which eventually ended with the fall of the repressive Tokugawa regime, Ukiyo-e artists of the late 18th and 19th centuries created work that was intensely imaginative and innovative. They daringly broadened the range of traditional subject matter without ever abandoning the beauty and poetry that was inherent in Ukiyo-e.

Kita served as co-curator of the exhibit with Stephen Margulies, the museum’s curator of works on paper. Kita is also the co-author (with Margulies) of the exhibition catalog. He is assistant professor of Japanese art at the University of Maryland and has curated numerous exhibitions. An authority on Japanese painting and prints, he has frequently taught at the Rare Book School of the University of Virginia. Among his
publications are “The Last Tosa: Iwasa Katsumochi Matabei,” “Bridge to Uikiyo-e” and “The Floating World of Ukiyo-e: Shadows, Dreams, and Substance,” in association with the Library of Congress. He is also the author of “A Hidden Treasure: Japanese Prints from the Carnegie Institute.”

For details about the lecture, call the University of Virginia Art Museum at (434) 924-3592 or visit the Web site: http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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