James C. Meade Friends’ Lecture:

Japanese Printmaking: History, Techniques, and Motifs

Join us for a James C. Meade Friends’ Lecture presented by Dr. Andreas Marks of the Japanese and Korean Art Department at the Minneapolis Institute of Art as we learn about the fascinating history and technique of Japanese woodblock prints.

Wednesday, April 26 | 6 pm

Free for Members | $5 for non-Members
Tickets available at the door and seating is first come, first served. 


About Japanese Printmaking: History, Techniques, and Motifs:
The lecture will provide an introduction and overview into Japanese woodblock prints from the 17th to 19th century, commonly called ukiyo-e. Arguably the most recognizable of all Japanese art forms, ukiyo-e have spread over the world and become very popular outside of Japan. Works like Hokusai’s Great Wave, large head beauties by Utamaro, and striking actors by Sharaku, were all produced with the same techniques, as were hundreds of thousands of other designs. At first the printing was done off a single woodblock until color printing encompassing several blocks was invented in the second half of the 18th century. The production process, for which the publishers played a crucial role, will be addressed as well as print collecting then and now.


 About Dr. Andreas Marks:
Dr. Andreas Marks is the Head of the Japanese and Korean Art Department at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. From 2008 to 2013, he was the Director and Chief Curator of the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in California. He has a Ph.D. from Leiden University in the Netherlands and a master’s degree in East Asian Art History from the University of Bonn. A specialist of Japanese woodblock prints, he is the author of twelve books. His “Publishers of Japanese Prints: A Compendium,” is the first comprehensive reference work in any language on Japanese print publishers. In 2014 he received an award from the International Ukiyoe Society in Japan for his research. He has curated exhibitions in a variety of media from premodern to contemporary art and visual culture at 25 museums including the Birmingham Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, Honolulu Museum of Art, and the San Antonio Museum of Art. His most recent exhibitions at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, “Seven Masters: 20thCentury Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection” and “Gifts of Japanese and Korean Art from the Mary Griggs Burke Collection,” were reviewed in the Wall Street Journal. His new book, “Hiroshige & Eisen: The 69 Stations along the Kisokaido,” will be published in spring 2017.