Who says traditional art is already phased out? Nowadays, modern artists are heavily influenced by ancestral techniques. This is evident by a group of artists whose works were recently displayed at an exhibition. Read more after the jump.
Recently, Edo Pop, a collective art exhibition featuring the brilliant works of 40 artists, such as Iona Rozeal Brown, Gajin Fujita, Tabaimo, and Bidou Yamaguchi, to mention a few, was on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Their works were derived from the traditional Japanese art technique called ukiyo-e — which literally means “pictures of the floating world” and provides us “a kaleidoscopic view of popular culture in pre-modern Japan.”
Traditionally, ukiyo-e art portrayed various Japanese characters, such as Kabuki actors, mythological heroes, popular stars during the Edo period, sumo wrestlers, and even expanded to floral studies, landscapes, and even ghoulish concepts. Some of the renowned ukiyo-e artists of ancient Japan were Harunobu, Hiroshige, Hokusai, Kiyonaga, , Sharaku, Shunsho, Toyokuni, and Utamaro.
To date, various contemporary and modern artists still make use of the ukiyo-e technique. Here are a few artworks which were recently featured in Edo Pop:
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