See “The Enchanting Art of Japan” at MSU’s George Segal Gallery

Utagawa Hiroshige (also known as Ichiryusai Hiroshige, 1797-1858) and Gototei Kunisada (also known as Toyokuni III, 1786-1865), Prince Genji with Lady and Servants by A Bridge Overlooking A River, ca. 1852-1853, triptych from the Tale of Genji
Utagawa Hiroshige (also known as Ichiryusai Hiroshige, 1797-1858) and Gototei Kunisada (also known as Toyokuni III, 1786-1865), Prince Genji with Lady and Servants by A Bridge Overlooking A River, ca. 1852-1853, triptych from the Tale of Genji

Japanese art from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries is the focus of “The Enchanting Art of Japan,” a new free exhibition at the George Segal Gallery at Montclair State University on view through April 18.

The exhibition, which is curated by Segal Gallery director M. Teresa Lapid Rodriguez, explores three centuries of Japanese art, from 18th-century and 19th-century Edo art through the 20th century. “The Enchanting Art of Japan,” includes five Ukiyo-e style woodblock prints depicting scenes from everyday life in 19th- and 20th-century Japan by such master printmakers as Yoshitoshi Tsukioka and Utagawa Hiroshige. Western painters such as Edgar Degas and Vincent Van Gogh were strongly influenced by Hiroshige, even purchasing his prints to study his technique. Also featured are two Bunjinga or Zen monochrome ink paintings on paper and several round, sculptural Katabori-Netsuke, as well as examples of Karakuri-Netsuke, which have moving parts that open to reveal hidden “surprises,” on loan from the Helene Kosloski Collection. A 20th-century sculpture from the University’s permanent collection is also on display.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Gallery will present “All the Tea In Japan/History and Culture,” a lecture and tea tasting highlighting the historic and cultural significance of tea in Japan, on Saturday, April 11 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Chris Cason, Montclair State alumnus, cofounder and tea sommelier for the international tea brand Tavalon Tea, will lead the program. Featured teas include Brown Rice Tea, Twig Tea and Roasted Tea. Admission to this event is $10 per person and reservations are required. To reserve a seat, call 973-655-6941 or email by April 8. Seating is limited and purchased tickets are nonrefundable.

“The Enchanting Art of Japan” exhibition
Through April 18. Open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am. to 6 pm. and on Thursdays from 12:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Admission to the gallery is free.
The George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07043
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