A new exhibition titled The Artist’s Touch, The Craftsman’s Hand is currently on view at the Portland Art Museum (PAM). Featuring Japanese artwork that spans three centuries, the exhibition showcases a selection of 250 woodblock prints and includes work by Japanese printmaking icons Harunobu and Hokusai. PAM acquired more than 750 prints from collector Mary Andrews Ladd in 1932. Since then, it has grown the collection to 2,500 pieces dating from the late 1600s to the present day. The Artist’s Touch, The Craftsman’s Hand is the first exhibition to feature these works from the PAM collection.
In addition to seeing obscure Harunobu and Hokusai prints, visitors will also be able to view prints on the Great Kanto earthquake in 1923, limited-edition and privately commissioned prints, eighteenth-century actor-prints, and prints inspired by Abstract Expressionism and Op Art.
Marquand Books produced the accompanying exhibition catalogue for The Artist’s Touch, The Craftsman’s Hand. The book was edited by the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Asian Art, Maribeth Graybill, PhD. It features more than 250 full-color illustrations and includes essays by Japanese art experts and cultural historians like John T. Carpenter and Laurence Kominz.
The Artist’s Touch, The Craftsman’s Hand is at the PAM through January 22, 2012. For exhibition tickets, visit the Portland Art Museum’s website.