Innovative Exhibition "EDO POP" at Japan Society

Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints

Saturday, March 9 — Sunday, June 9

Edo Pop playfully juxtaposes classic ukiyo-e prints from such masters as Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige with contemporary works inspired by these artists and their works. Delve into alluring worlds created by the power of Edo period and contemporary popular culture in which change is the only constant.










Katsushika Hokusai: Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), Under the Wave Off Kanagawa from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, 1831–34. Color woodblock print (nishiki-e). 17 1/2 x 21 11/16 in. Courtesy Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Bequest of Richard P. Gale 74.1.230.


AIKO is recognized in the contemporary art world as among the most important artists to emerge in the new millennium. She is also well respected with the graffiti and street art scene. Once she had offered a painting a piece of wall, she expanded her work to beyond the wall.

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AIKO: AIKO (b. 1975), Sunrise, 2013. Spray paint and acrylic. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Ben Warren.


Tomokazu Matsuyama has created his own style of colorfully pop paintings and diverse range. It has since become the core of what the artist himself calls his `bi-polar` artistic sensibility. He can ignore the standard trim for separation between works and gallaries.

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Tomokazu Matsuyama: Tomokazu Matsuyama (b. 1976), My Dog Can’t Walk, 2012. Acrylic and mixed media on curved canvas. 100 x 70 in. Courtesy of the artist.


Ishi Toru is a unique contemporary artist who has a background in Yuzen. He often emulates the design sensibilities of Ukiyo-e prints that make works by such artists as Katsushika Hokusai. He regards Tokyo tower as Kumadori faces, and financial hierarchy.

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Ishii Toru: Ishii Tōru (b. 1981), Tokyo Tower, 2007. Yuzen dyeing on silk, mounted on board. 59 x 39 1/2 in. Private Collection, New York.


This Exhibition at Japan Society Gallery juxtaposes contemporary works of art with nearly 100 historical ukiyo-e woodblock prints drawn from one of the world’s great collections of “pictures of the floating world” at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

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Paul Binnie: Binnie, Paul (b. 1967), A Hundred Shades of Ink of Edo: Sharaku’s Caricatures (Edo zumi hyaku shoku: Sharaku no Giga), 2011. Woodblock print. 17 1/2 x 12 1/8 in. Courtesy Scholten Japanese Art, New York.