Floating World Gallery presents Free Seminar “Roots and First Blooms: The Modern Japanese Print as Avant-Garde”

 Chicago, IL – Floating World Gallery presents a free seminar “Roots and First Blooms: The Modern Japanese Print as Avant-Garde” at 1925 N. Halsted Street, Saturday, Dec. 11 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A brief reception with light refreshments will follow the presentation.
This seminar will examine the early period of modern Japanese prints, centering on issues of modernism, westernization and militarism, as well as artistic movements such as expressionism and abstraction. Participants will have the rare opportunity to examine original prints that are often only seen in books or behind museum glass. The seminar will provide a foundation in the study of early modern Japanese prints, with an emphasis on history, production techniques, connoisseurship and collecting strategies.
Artists showcased in the lecture will include Jun’ichiro Sekino, whose works are the focus of FWG’s breathtaking new exhibition of more than 100 works, running Dec. 3 to Jan. 14. Those attending the seminar will have the opportunity to view the complete exhibition as well.
The seminar, “Roots and First Blooms: The Modern Japanese Print as Avant-Garde” is part of FWG’s free monthly seminar series. The presentation will be conducted by the gallery’s Director of Exhibitions Elias Martin. Admission to the seminar is complimentary, however reservations are required. For reservations or more information, email classes@floatingworld.com or call 312-587-7800.

FWG, located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, takes its name from the English translation of “ukiyo-e”, referring to images of an evanescent, impermanent world of fleeting beauty. The gallery has been one of the world’s leading dealers in Japanese art for more than 20 years, offering private collectors and institutions the highest quality works of art. FWG opened its new 8,200 square-foot gallery space in October 2009 and is now actively engaged in helping to educate the public and increase awareness of the rich world of modern Japanese art. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. For more information call 312-587-7800, fax 312-575-3565 or email artwork@floatingworld.com.