The Frederick Harris Gallery is transformed into an explosion of color with an exhibition featuring four eminent print artists.
"In an age when colors are said to be disappearing from the world in favor of monotones and earth tones, this exhibition may provide an opportunity to rediscover the joy of color," says the CWAJ (College Women’s Association of Japan), the organizers of the exhibition.
Takao Iijima, 92, whose artistic name is Ay-O, co-founded the Jitsuzaisha ("The Existentialists"), an artist group in the late 1950s. He creates astonishing rainbow-themed art, inspired by his affiliation with the New York-based Fluxus collective in the 1960s.
The late Masuo Ikeda, who was a key member of Jitsuzaisha with Ay-O, rose to prominence when he became the first Japanese artist to stage a solo exhibition at the Museum of Moden Art in New York.
Ninety-year-old Go Yayanagi, self-taught and well-traveled, honed his unique style with copperplate engraving at Atelier 17 in Paris, leaving artistic footprints from Brazil to Poland.
The final artist, Hiroshi Tanaka, was known for his innovative approach to Japanese printmaking. His years as a graphic designer informed his fusion of traditional and contemporary styles. He passed away last year.
This vibrant exhibition runs ahead of the upcoming 66th CWAJ Print Show, which helps the CWAJ fund its long-running program of scholarships.
The artworks will be on display from September 12 through October 2.
Artworks are available for purchase through Member Services.
Drop by to learn more about the artists and the prints on display from CWAJ members.