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 that is on view through April 18.
Art of Japan 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.
exhibition 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
According to curator M. Teresa Lapid Rodriguez,
initially there was a lack of information about the prints. “Once the
works of art were identified, they present a cohesive body of work
pertaining to an interesting and enchanting period in the history of
Also featured are two Bunjinga or Zen monochrome ink
paintings on paper. Traditionally, these landscape paintings were
accompanied by verse.
Japanese kimonos have no pockets.
Netsuke are miniature sculptures originally designed to attach the cord
of a pouch or basket containing items that would otherwise go in pockets
to a kimono’s sash, or obi. The Enchanting Art of Japan features
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by April
8. Seating is limited and purchased tickets are nonrefundable.
Enchanting Art of Japan is made possible in part by funding from the
New Jersey State Counsel on the Arts/Department of State, a partner
agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and the McMullen Family
The George Segal Gallery is open on Tuesdays,
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on
Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free.