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Abstract Traditions: Postwar Japanese Prints From The DePauw University Permanent Art Collection

Iwami Reika (born 1927) Winter Composition No. 2, 1959 Woodblock print on paper 17-5/16 x 12-1/4 inches DePauw Art Collection: 2016.5.3 Gift of David T. Prosser, Jr. '65

Iwami Reika (born 1927)
Winter Composition No. 2, 1959
Woodblock print on paper
17-5/16 x 12-1/4 inches
DePauw Art Collection: 2016.5.3
Gift of David T. Prosser, Jr. '65


Abstract Traditions: Postwar Japanese Prints From The DePauw University
Permanent Art Collection
August 29 - October 14, 2022
Peeler Art Center, Visual Arts Gallery

A pivotal moment in Japanese printmaking history, the artists associated with the modern print movement broke with centuries of rigid tradition and embraced the flexibility and spontaneous creativity afforded them by sketching, carving, and printing their own works.

Previously, historic Japanese prints prior to the early 20thcentury relied upon a well-established workshop method in which artists, carvers, and printmakers each completed a specialized task in the printmaking process. This exhibition and the accompanying catalog feature, for the first time, 40 key abstract pieces from the DePauw University permanent art collection. Noted artists include: Iwami Reika, Onchi Koshiro, Sekino Junichiro, Shinoda Toko, and Yamaguchi Gen.

Scholar and Associate Professor of Art History at Northern Illinois University, Dr. Helen Nagata, will be giving a presentation about the history of post-war printing in Japan on Tuesday, October 4th at 4:15 pm in the Peeler Auditorium.


This exhibition and the accompanying print catalog was made possible with generous support from:

Arthur E. Klauser ’45 Asian & World Community Collections Endowment, DePauw University

Asian Studies Program, DePauw University

David T. Prosser Jr. ‘65

E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation

A Fragile Permanece, 2014 wood, duct tape, mylar tape, colored pencil, gesso, foil lined bubble wrap site specific installation - dimensions variable

Dr. Leland D. Stoddard '40

Office of Academic Affairs, DePauw University