Looking East: Western Artists and the Allure of Japan

January 31, 2014 - May 11, 2014
Event By: Frist Center for the Visual Arts Address: 919 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203 Email: mail@fristcenter.org Phone: (615) 244-3340

Looking East: Western Artists and the Allure of Japan Jan. 31–May 11, 2014 Ingram Gallery The late 19th and early 20th centuries witnessed an explosion of interest in all things Japanese that prompted a correspondingly radical shift in modern art dubbed “Japonisme” by the Parisian critic Philippe Burty in 1872. Some of the greatest American and European artists were inspired by Japanese art and culture during this period to create works of singular beauty. The Frist Center will be the first museum to present Looking East: Western Artists and the Allure of Japan. The exhibition, which will later be seen in Japan, Canada, and San Francisco, explores the fruitful encounter between East and West by showing Japanese ukiyo-e prints and decorative arts alongside the paintings and prints of Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch and the furniture of Frank Lloyd Wright. The exhibition is drawn entirely from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which has one of the finest collections of both Japanese art and American and European art of this period in the world. Supporting Sponsor: Christie’s This exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Belmont University and Ocean Way Recording Studios donated recording time and professional expertise in the production of this audio tour.

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