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Sharaku Interpreted by Japan Contemporary Artists

10 March 2004

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Sharaku: Interpreted by Japan's Contemporary Artists

An exhibition of high quality reproductions of woodblock prints by the famous eighteenth century artist Sharaku presented alongside interpretative works by contemporary Japanese graphic and fine artists will be held at the Wallace Trust Gallery from Wednesday 17th March until Wednesday 31st of March.

The exhibition takes as its theme Toshusai Sharaku, known throughout Japan and the world for his bust portraits of Kabuki actors, and presents posters, paintings and three dimensional works by today's artists as they freely interpret this foremost master of the ukiyo-e print. This exhibition is made up of three sections that are entitled: "Reproductions of Sharaku," "Sharaku in Graphic Art" and "Homage to Sharaku."

A catalogue of the exhibition, which includes a full explanation of the three sections of the exhibition, can be couriered on request and examples of some of the works can be found at the following web site:

http://www.nz.emb-japan.go.jp/auckland/whatsnew.html

The exhibition is sponsored by the Consulate-General of Japan and The Japan Foundation with generous support from Auckland University of Technology's School of Art and Design.

Details in Brief:

Wallace Trust Gallery

305 Queen Street

Auckland

Weekdays 11am - 6pm

Weekends 10am - 4pm

ENDS

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