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March 29, 2013 — “Redefining the Multiple: 13 Japanese Printmakers,” a new exhibition featuring contemporary Japanese prints, is now on display at the University of Wyoming Art Museum through May 18.
The exhibition features the work of Japanese artists whose formal training is in printmaking. Although each of the participating artists' personal work has transitioned over the years -- and some are now more associated with other media -- printmaking and the production of multiples remains at the core of their creative processes.
Artists included in the exhibition are Junji Amano, Shunsuke Kano, Hideki Kumura, Kiochi Kiyono, Saori Miyake, Shoji Miyamoto, Arata Nojima, Nobuaki Onishi, Kuseki Ono, Naruki Oshima, Chiaki Shuji, Marie Yoshiki and Toshinao Yoshioka. Four of the artists make three-dimensional objects and installations; two paint with printmaking tools and techniques; three use digital photography and technology; and the others use traditional and recognizable printmaking techniques.
The exhibition was curated by Professor Hideki Kimura from Kyoto City University of the Arts, and Sam Yates, director of the Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture. The University of Tennessee-Knoxville organized the exhibition for travel.
“Imagine learning from the masters” is a guiding principle of the UW Art Museum’s programs. Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday hours are extended to 9 p.m. February through April and September through November. Admission is free.
Printmaker Chiaki Shuji’s “Blossoming Flower on the Chest” etching is among prints on display at the UW Art Museum (Chiak Shuji Photo)