New publication: Waves of renewal. Modern Japanese prints 1900-1960

Cover Waves of RenewalFor the first time in a long period an extensive overview of modern Japanese printmaking has been published: Waves of renewal. Modern Japanese prints 1900-1960. This publication not only pays attention to the Shin hanga movement but also to the Sōsaku hanga movement.
It has contributions by scholars from all over the world and includes illustrations  and descriptions of over 275 prints from the Nihon no hanga collection. Among them well known works by Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) and Yoshida Hiroshi (1876-1950), but also interesting works by less famous artists.

The catalogue addresses the overlap and differences between the two major movements and also pays attention to those artists with an individual style, such as Takehisa Yumeji (1884-1934) who neither can be ‘labeled’ a Shin hanga artist or a Sōsaku hanga artist.

Chris Uhlenbeck and Amy Newland provide an extensive introduction to early 20th century printmaking, followed by an interview with print dealer Watanabe Shōichirō, grandson of Shin hanga publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō (1885-1962).  The other eight essays address specific themes, such as marketing of Shin hanga in North America; print associations and exhibitions; printmaking during the war years and major artists like Ishii Hakutei (1882-1958) and Onchi Kōshirō (1891-1955).
In the catalogue section prints are organized per artist each artist section is preceded by a biography of the artist. In total the publication presents the works of 56 artists.

NNH HasuiThe private museum Nihon no hanga was established in Amsterdam in 2009 by Elise Wessels as a museum fully dedicated to modern Japanese prints of the first half of the 20th century. Its collection includes over 2000 works and is still growing.

At this moment the Nihon no hanga collection is on display at the Fondation Baur in Geneva and as of 24 June it will be exhibited at the Rijksmuseum (until 11 September 2016). Yoyogi Park will present two lectures in Amsterdam on the occasion of the Rijksmuseum exhibition.

Chris Uhlenbeck, Amy Newland and Maureen de Vries, Waves of renewal. Modern Japanese prints 1900-1960, Leiden: Hotei Publishing, 2016. 320 pages, with ca. 380 color illustrations. ISBN 9789004307711.