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ART – Art Gallery of NSW: Hymn To Beauty – The Art Of Utamaro

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  • 13 February – 2 May 2010
Featuring over 80 colour woodblock prints from the collection of the Museum of Asian Art, Berlin, Germany, this exhibition showcases the passionate art of Kitagawa Utamaro (1753?–1806). Famous already during his lifetime for his insightful, sensual representations of ‘beautiful women’, bijin, Utamaro turned his attention not only to the protagonists of the pleasure quarters – the icons of beauty and fashion and objects of desire – but also on the wives, daughters, mothers, lovers, workers and so on, whose grace and femininity could render the most trite domestic scene a delightful sight. In addition to Utamaro’s prints, works by his contemporaries and followers such as Eishi, Eisho-, Eiryu-, Cho-ki, Tsukimaro, etc are included in the show. This is the first time that the works of these ‘connoisseurs’ of female beauty is presented in Australia.
ART GALLERY OF NEW SOuTH WALES
Art Gallery Road
The Domain, Sydney 2000
Telephone 61 2 9225 1744 or nationwide toll free 1800 679 278
Hours Daily 10am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day and Easter Friday)
Art After Hours open until 9pm on Wednesday evenings
Admission Free of charge
Admission charges apply to some exhibitions
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