Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786-1865), Kabuki Toto 36 Scenes, 19th century, color woodcut, 14-13/16 x 10-3/16 inches, Purchased by the Friends of the UW Art Museum, University of Wyoming Art Museum Collection, 1980.133
Two new exhibitions featuring work from the Art Museum permanent collection will open this Saturday, April 9. Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865) Japanese Kabuki Portraits from the Art Museum Collection features woodblock prints by one of the most popular and prolific artists of 19th century Japan. Kunisada’s yakusha-e, or kabuki actor portraits, first appeared in 1808-09 and became his main subject matter. His productivity was extraordinary as it is estimated he produced between 20,000 to 25,000 designs for woodblock prints during his lifetime. Because of artists such as Kunisada, the kabuki actors might only be known by name to modern scholarship without this visual record.
From the Scottish Sublime to the American West: Selected Works from the University of Wyoming explores the relationship between the romantic and sublime landscapes of the British artists of the 18th and 19th century and the early American landscape traditions of the 19th century. The exhibition has been organized in conjunction with The Ninth International Scott Conference, Walter Scott: Sheriff and Outlaw, at UW from July 5-9, 2011.
The Art Museum is open on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and admission is free. For more information about exhibitions, please call 307.766.6622.