At the Mirror: Reflections of Japan in 20th Century Prints

July 6, 2014–September 21, 2014

Mototsugu Sugiyama (b. 1925), Sumida River, Late Autumn, 2001. Color woodblock print; 17-3/4 x 23-3/4 in. Denver Art Museum; Asian art department acquisition fund in memory of Doris Hayden.

Hiroshi Yoshida (1876–1950), At the Mirror (detail), 1927. Color woodblock print; 20-1/2 x 14-1/2 in. Denver Art Museum; Bequest of Dr. Joseph de Heer.

Now Closed: July 6, 2014–Sep 21, 2014
Hamilton Building - Level 2

These prints reveal the changing styles and art movements developed by Japanese printmakers during a 100-year period. The variety of styles reflects the changing appearance of Japan as it embraced modern technology but continued to respect its cultural past. Though woodblock printing has been around for centuries, in the twentieth century, artists played with new subjects and topics that were relevant to a contemporary audience.

Focusing on woodblock prints ranging in date from 1901 to 2001, all prints in this exhibition were acquired by the DAM since 1970 to provide the collection with artworks that demonstrate the continuation of a traditional Japanese art form into the twentieth century.

At the Mirror: Reflections of Japan in 20th Century Prints is organized by the Denver Art Museum. It is supported by E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, and The Denver Post.