Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hokusai Says

Calligraphy @ Nancy Ewart

Those lucky enough to live in London or have access to this exhibit at the British Museum are in for a rare treat

"Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) is widely regarded as Japan’s most famous and influential artist. He produced works of astonishing quality right up until his death at the age of 90. This new exhibition will lead you on an artistic journey through the last 30 years of Hokusai’s life – a time when he produced some of his most famous masterpieces.”

The shows will also include several films which, to this date, are only being shown in Great Britain and in Canada. I hope they will appear here in the Bay Area because none of our museums have ever hosted a show of this scope and magnitude.

Throughout the exhibition, outstanding examples of Hokusai’s work will show the artist’s creative breadth and depth. A selection of superb landscapes is introduced with the iconic Great Wave – itself part of a print series of views of Mt Fuji….

A quick search of the Asian Art Museums collections only generated this information for teachers but apparently none of Hokusai’s works are on view. The Auchenbach Foundation at the Legion of Honor may have some of Hokusai’s woodcuts but lacking a search function, it’s impossible to tell

Hokusai Complete Works:

Thinkgs you did not know here

The wave that swept the world here

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

Not knowing much about Oriental art, I had never heard of Hokusai. I clicked on one of the links and got to view a small catalog of his works. They're really beautiful. It's sad that only Great Britain and Canada get to enjoy these works, but maybe they will come to the U.S. in the future. Your calligraphy is absolutely stunning. It gives a real "look and feel" to the words.