Connoisseurship Workshop: Erotic Prints Shunga and Abuna-e

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Connoisseurship: Erotic Prints 

Shunga and Abuna-e

Saturday, April 22, 10:30 AM

Hishikawa Moronobu (d.1694), Flirting Lovers, c. 1673/81, woodblock print, sumizuri-e, oban yoko-e, 27.1 x 38.4 cm, Image Courtesy of Lou Forster.
Saturday, April 22, 10:30 AM—12:30 PM

Learn about selecting, collecting and appreciating Japanese erotic prints (shunga and abuna-e) and other Edo-period arts in this special workshop. Collector Lou Forster (Japan Society, Board of Directors) moderates a discussion with ukiyo-e specialist Dr. Sebastian Izzard (Japanese Art Society of America, Board of Directors) and Julie Davis (Professor of Art History, University of Pennsylvania) on identifying fine-quality prints, and also shares some examples of abuna-e from his own collection. 

Includes free admission to the gallery exhibition on the day of the event. 

$40/$35 Japan Society members, seniors & students

Lou Forster has been a partner of Green Visor Capital, a Venture Capital firm located in San Francisco since 2014. Prior to joining Green Visor, Lou was Senior Managing Director of Cerberus Capital Management, L.P.  Based in Tokyo from 1998 until 2014, Lou built and led Cerberus’s Japan office and was the senior ranking executive in Asia. Lou holds a J.D. degree from Harvard University, and B.A. and M.A. degrees from Johns Hopkins University. He is a board member of the Japan Society and Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Johns Hopkins University.

Sebastian Izzard is a specialist dealer in Japanese fine art focusing on ukiyo-e. He has been involved with the Japan Society for many years, most notably having curated the exhibition “Kunisada’s World” in 1993. He currently serves as president of the Japanese Art Dealers Association of New York (JADA) and is a board member of the Japanese Art Society of America (JASA), and a director of the International Ukiyo-e Society based in Tokyo.

Julie Nelson Davis is Professor of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, on the faculty since 2002. Regarded as one of the leading scholars of ukiyo-e, Davis is the author of two books on ukiyo-e, Utamaro and the Spectacle of Beauty (Reaktion Books and the University of Hawai’i Press, 2007) and Partners in Print: Artistic Collaboration and the Ukiyo-e Market (University of Hawai’i Press, 2015), as well as numerous important articles and essays. Davis is the guest curator for “Inventing Utamaro: A Japanese Masterpiece Rediscovered” at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, the Smithsonian, on view from April 8 through July 9.