Tattoos in Japanese Prints

Asian Art Museum

Tattoos in Japanese Prints recounts how large-scale, densely composed pictorial tattoos -- what we now recognize as a distinctly Japanese style -- emerged in 19th-century Japan in tandem with woodblock prints depicting tattooed heroes of history and myth. More than 60 superb prints by artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797–1861) and his contemporaries from the noted collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, explore the interplay between ink on paper and ink on skin.

This is what SF/Arts curator Christian L. Frock has to say about Tattoos in Japanese Prints :

The tattoos we associate with Japanese artistry owe their origins to woodblock printmaking; this gem of a show presents 60 prints by the widely influential artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797- 1861) and his contemporaries, whose work caused an absolute sensation among enthusiasts of the day. The Japanese government prohibited tattoos 1868-1912, but their popularity has only grown

Event Info
May 31 → Aug 18
Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St., San Francisco
Info: (415) 581-3500
Venue: 379-8800
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