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Ongoing Art Exhibits sponsored by other organizations and supported by the Japan America Society.
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Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, January 23, 2018
    • Sunday, January 06, 2019
    • The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049


    Footed Fan-shaped Box (detail), Japanese, Edo period, late 17th–mid-18th century, lacquer. Musée national des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon. Photo: Thierry Ollivier. © RMN–Grand Palais/ Art Resource, NY

    Through January 6, 2019

    Tuesday - Thursday 10 am–5:30 pm
    Friday*–Saturday 10 am–9 pm
    Closed Mondays
    * Extended hours until August 31, 2018

    The Getty Center
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049
    For GPS and maps use: Intersection of Getty Center Drive and Sepulveda Boulevard
    Map and directions

    Parking is $15; $10 after 3 pm.

    This exhibition showcases Japanese lacquer from the private collection of the French queen Marie-Antoinette. Her collection of small lacquer boxes was one of the finest in Europe, and she considered it to be among her most cherished possessions. The elaborate works reveal the queen's personal taste and demonstrate the high level of achievement attained by Japanese lacquer artists during the 17th and 18th centuries.

    Admission is free

    For more information, visit The J. Paul Getty Museum website

    • Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    • Friday, July 13, 2018
    • The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, 5700 Wilshire Blvd., #100 Los Angeles, CA 90036

    Exhibit: Thursday June 21, 2018 to Friday, July 13, 2018
    Monday-Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday* 12-5pm
    Closed on Sundays and July 4
     
    *The artist will be on-site on Saturdays.

    Pre-Opening Event: Gyotaku Lecture & Demonstration
    Wednesday, June 20, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm

    Lecture: Squids, Our Long-Term Friends Save the World
    Lecturer, Dr. Satoshi Tomano

    Thursday, June 28, 2018 7:00pm

    Free admission but reservation is required for the lectures & gyotaku demonstration 
    RSVP for Gyotaku Lecture & Demonstration

    RSVP for Squid Lecture

    The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
    5700 Wilshire Blvd., #100 Los Angeles, CA 90036
    Street parking is available near JFLA.
    Click here for parking info.

    Admission Free

    Japanese gyotaku (lit. ‘fish rubbing’) is the unlikely marriage of fish, sumi ink, and washi paper.  Once used to record the size of an impressive catch, it has been elevated to a fine art through the efforts of gyotaku masters such as Yutaka Aso (1898-1961) and Yoshio Hiyama (b. 1909) and was introduced to the United States in the mid-20th century. Contemporary practitioners have supplanted the traditional method with modern acrylics and oil-based inks, as well as the inclusion of pigmentation by colored inks or through digital editing.

    Dwight Hwang (b. 1974) is a Los Angeles-based, Korean-American storyboard artist who trained in gyotaku during a seven year stint in Japan. A self-taught traditionalist in that he almost exclusively creates black-and-white images with water-based sumi, Dwight brings life to lifeless forms through his innovative approach which has produced unique depictions of fish at a three quarter view and from above.

    "Impressions of the Seas: Gyotaku Fish Prints" features a selection of prints depicting freshwater, coastal and open ocean specimens alongside objects which detail the gyotaku printmaking process. 
    - Michael VanHartingsveldt (LACMA), curator

    About Artist

    Dwight Hwang’s obsessive love for fishing and his artistic ambitions came together during his many years in Japan on a visit to a cramped, dusty tackle shop. Pinned onto the walls and the ceiling were wrinkled sheets of rice paper with impressions of the prized catches by local anglers.

    He was taken aback by what he saw but knew nothing about the art, until his fishing companions informed him that it was a cultural art that originated in Japan called ‘Gyotaku’. Something that only really found interest with old,salty fishermen or as an activity for young, curious children.

    With no one to teach him, Dwight simply resorted to experimenting with sheets of cheap calligraphy paper and discount bottles of sumi ink. The results looked like messy black blotches that vaguely resembled what he was trying to print.

    Together with his wife, he would continue to print fish on the floor of their humble apartment for years until he realized that the fish may be the subject, but it was also a tool in of itself. That realization would help him control his process so much that his prints not only began to look and remind him of his prized catch, but also gave him the confident flexibility to add what he hopes would set him apart; a sense of life, perspective and movement.

    Dwight continues to strive to perfect his process while strictly and proudly using only the materials and techniques originally used hundreds of years ago.

    https://fishingforgyotaku.com


Past events

Friday, March 09, 2018 Photo Exhibition: Helen Keller and Hachiko
Friday, September 15, 2017 Atmosphere in Japanese Painting
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Nikkei Samurai: Japanese Swords and the Nisei Veteran
Monday, August 01, 2016 Baseball Gallery at Sports Museum of Los Angeles features items from Babe Ruth and Dodgers visits to Japan
Saturday, April 02, 2016 Exhibit: Mingei of Japan - Treasures New and Old from the Museum’s Collection
Sunday, October 11, 2015 Exhibit: Living for the Moment: Japanese Prints from the Barbara S. Bowman Collection
Tuesday, October 06, 2015 Exhibits: Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows and The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography
Sunday, August 30, 2015 The Price Collection
Sunday, March 29, 2015 Exhibit: Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl
Saturday, October 25, 2014 Groundswell: Guerilla Architecture in Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake
Saturday, July 12, 2014 Exhibit: Gathering Whispers – Solo Exhibition by Edwin Ushiro
Saturday, July 05, 2014 Exhibit: Kimono for a Modern Age
Saturday, July 05, 2014 Exhibit: Zuan: Japanese Design Books
Friday, June 27, 2014 Exhibition: Japanese Design Today 100
Friday, April 25, 2014 Exhibit: New Way Forward: Japanese Hanga of the 20th Century
Friday, March 07, 2014 Art Exhibit: Enduring Connection Beyond Time, Space, and Culture
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 Hiroshi Sugimoto: Past Tense
Saturday, February 01, 2014 Exhibit: The Color of Life: Japanese Paintings from the Price Collection
Saturday, January 25, 2014 Exhibit: Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi
Friday, April 19, 2013 New Contemporary Exhibition: Takashi Tomo-oka
Saturday, April 13, 2013 Japanese Prints: Hokusai at LACMA
Friday, April 05, 2013 Focus on the Subject: The Art of the Harari Collection
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Japan’s Modern Divide: The Photographs of Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto
Monday, January 28, 2013 Tanka After the Tsunami
Saturday, January 19, 2013 LACMA Installation: Cranes by Maruyama Okyo
Sunday, January 06, 2013 Idealization of Realty
Friday, November 23, 2012 Eiichiro Porcelain Arts Exhibition 2012
Saturday, November 03, 2012 Exhibit: SHADOWS: For the Sake of the Children
Saturday, October 27, 2012 Genji's World in Japanese Woodblock Prints
Friday, August 10, 2012 Art Exhibition/Reception: The Los Angeles Nagoya Sakura Children's Art Exhibition
Saturday, August 04, 2012 Exhibition: Ohie Toshio and the Perfection of the Japanese Book
Sunday, June 03, 2012 Art Exhibition/Reception: Back to Earth by Kaoru Kaplan and Kazumi Onoue
Friday, May 04, 2012 Masterpieces of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Friday, April 20, 2012 Gajin Fujita: Ukiyo-e in Contemporary Painting
Friday, April 20, 2012 SAKURA Manga Poster Traveling Exhibit
Thursday, April 12, 2012 Japanese Paintings: Paths to Enlightenment
Saturday, April 07, 2012 LACMA Photo Exhibition: Fracture: Daido Moriyama
Friday, March 30, 2012 Kimono in the 20th Century
Saturday, March 10, 2012 FOLDING PAPER: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami
Sunday, March 04, 2012 MOVING FORWARD: Life after the Great East Japan Earthquake
Sunday, November 13, 2011 100 Years: The Imagination of Robert Crowder, Vralati and Shoji Kuroda
Saturday, June 18, 2011 Masterpieces from the Price Collection
Saturday, April 16, 2011 Itō Jakuchū Exhibition: A Man with No Age
Monday, March 21, 2011 Art Exhibition "Meiji: Japan Rediscovered"
Thursday, January 27, 2011 Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road
Saturday, January 01, 2011 DREAMS & DIVERSIONS: 250 Years of Japanese Woodblock Prints
Saturday, January 01, 2011 Art Exhibition: "Japan in Blue and White"
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