A Look Inside Ronin Gallery's HOKUSAI- Great Art, Small Sizes: Early Works

HOKUSAI small works at Ronin

This past week, I was fortunate enough to catch a viewing of HOKUSAI – Great Art, Small Sizes: Early Works in its final days at Ronin Gallery. This acclaimed exhibition, displaying works by Hokusai, some never before seen in the U.S., technically closed at the end of December 2015.  With the relentless bustle of the holiday season, I was saddened that I could not make it in time. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that the show was still on display as of the first full week in January! Upon arrival, I was informed by gallery staff that some of the pieces that sold were already taken down; however, many quality works remained.

Inside Ronin Gallery

The exhibition had a good mix of ukiyo-e woodblock prints ranging in subject matter from everyday items to elaborate scenic landscapes. These being Hokusai’s early works were dated from 1790 and 1815 and were all small in scale. My choice pieces included Woman Washing Cloth and Watching Crane, 1795 from the Surimono series and Lake Suwa, 1832 from The 36 Views of Mt. Fuji series, both pictured below.

Woman Washing Cloth and Watching Crane, 1795 Series: Surimono
Lake Suwa, 1832 Series: The 36 Views of Mt. Fuji

The final day of viewing for this exhibition was on Sunday, January 10th. Be sure not to miss Ronin Galery’s next exhibition, Yoshitoshi Mori (1898–1992), works from the private collection of the Mori family estate. This exhibition explores the talent of Japanese sosaku hanga, or “creative print,” movement member Yoshitoshi Mori. Many pieces are one-of-a-kind. Exhibition dates are January 21st – March 3rd, 2016 with an opening reception January 21st at 5:30 p.m. Be sure to visit www.roningallery.com for further details.

The Ronin Gallery
425 Madison Ave.
3rd floor, SE corner of 49th St.