Over sixty Japanese woodblock prints collected by Henry Steiner, the distinguished Hong Kong-based graphic designer, will be on view during Asia Week. The collection spans nearly 150 years of Japanese print-making with works ranging from beauty prints by Kitagawa Utamaro and actor prints by Tōshūsai Sharaku to Katsushika Hokusai’s iconic Great Wave.
Steiner began collecting in 1974, with prints from the legendary collection of Henry Vever, and was most active in the 1970s and 1980s. He continued collecting until 2012. The collection includes a superb group of images by Suzuki Harunobu (1724–1770); eleven works by Kitagawa Utamaro (1753–1806)—a personal favorite of the collector—among which is a rare first printing of the “Shell Book;” seven works by the enigmatic artist Tōshūsai Sharaku (active 1794–95), including his portrait of Ichikawa Ebizō IV as the tragic Nō master Takemura Sadanoshin, once in the collection of the famous French collector Charles Haviland; and a fine early impression of Utagawa Hiroshige’s (1797–1858) Sudden Shower Over Shin-Ōhashi Bridge and Atake (1857).
Important Japanese Prints from the Collection of Henry Steiner will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
Sebastian Izzard LLC will also exhibit at JADA 2018: An Exhibition by the Japanese Art Dealers Association during Asia Week as part of the JADA’s annual collaborative exhibition. The show will be held at the Ukrainian Institute of America, 2 E. 79 St. in New York, for three days only, from March 17 through March 19. Izzard will bring several unique and unusual examples of Japanese porcelain to the exhibition including a large Aode-Kokutani dish decorated with chrysanthemums and butterflies, a Kutani tea whisk-shaped bottle, and a large Nabeshima porcelain serving dish decorated with the attributes of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune. Paintings by the Nanga master Ike no Taiga (1723–1786) and the ukiyo-e artist Kitagawa Utamaro (1754–1806) will also highlight the show. For more information please go to www.jada-ny.org