NEW SOUTH WALES – TAASA Review March 2010


This article was originally found in the March 2010 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 19, Issue 1, Page 29).

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Hymn to beauty: the art of Utamaro Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 13 February – 2 May 2010 Already celebrated as a master of the ukiyo-e (woodblock) print during his lifetime in late 18th century Japan, Utamaro was introduced to the West at the turn of the 20th century as a painter of the `Green Houses’ (Yoshiwara pleasure quarters).

His sensuous and insightful portraits of women from all walks of life – aloof courtesans, diligent housewives, affectionate mothers and passionate lovers ­ have enjoyed unabated popularity in Japan and worldwide. Featuring around 80 prints from the renowned collection of the Asian Art Museum, Berlin, this exhibition is the first extensive survey of Utamaro’s work in Australia and also includes work by his contemporaries and followers. Events associated with the exhibition: Edo City: Crucible of Culture lecture series In this three-lecture series, Professor William H.

Coaldrake introduces the high culture of the samurai, the popular culture of the townspeople and the influence of 19th century Japan on the West...