Shin Hanga landscape woodblock prints at Ronin Gallery

Shin Hanga Landscapes at Ronin Gallery

Near and Far: Shin Hanga Landscapes

Thursday, January 12 through Friday, February 24

Ronin Gallery – 32 W. 40th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

Admission: Free

For its first exhibition of 2023, Ronin Gallery presents Near and Far: Shin Hanga Landscapes.

The exhibition invites to you explore the modern landscape print through the work of Hasui Kawase, Hiroshi Yoshida, and Shotei Takahashi. From snow-covered landscapes to blooming gardens, desert nights to mornings at sea, these artists invite their audience along on their travels—whether their destination be just down the road or across the world.

Famous Place Pictures

In the early 20th century, artists of the Shin Hanga, or “new print,” movement reasserted the genre of meisho-e, or “famous place pictures,” with fresh eyes and international resonance. Spanning a spectrum of season and mood, weather and time, these modern meisho-e captured and conveyed the beauty of landscapes near and far. As Hasui Kawase (1883-1957) and Shotei Takahashi (1871-1945) shared nostalgic visions of Japan with an increasingly international audience, Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950) extended his travels internationally, expanding the subjects of the meisho-e genre beyond Japanese borders to the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States.

Shin Hanga landscape woodblock prints at Ronin Gallery
Hasui Kawase (l) Saisho Temple, Hirosaki. Hiroshi Yoshida Sailing Boats – Morning.

Elevating Ukiyo-e

The modern landscape print blooms from the union of memory and modernity. Inspired by ukiyo-e of the 18th and 19th centuries, Shin Hanga artists elevated the woodblock medium in the eyes of the Japanese art establishment and beyond. The international acceptance of ukiyo-e at the turn of the century had sparked a shift in the perception of the medium—from commercial ephemera to fine art—and paved the way for artists to reassert the meisho-e genre with renewed vigor. Through growing realism, diverse influence, technical brilliance, and a global audience, Shin Hanga artists envisioned the landscape print for a new era of exploration.

Visit

Ronin Gallery is located at 32 W. 40th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues near Bryant Park. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Saturday by appointment.

About Ronin Gallery

Ronin Gallery is one of the world’s leading dealers in Japanese woodblock prints. It is also home to one of the largest collections of 17th to 21st century Japanese prints in the US. Founded in 1975, the gallery is located in the taproom of the historic Engineer’s Club at Bryant Park Place. For more information about the gallery and to access the gallery’s online exhibits, please visit their website.