Floating World Gallery offers free Seminar

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In conjunction with upcoming October Online Auction, Floating World Gallery presents an encore of “The Great Wave: An Introduction to Japanese Wood Block Prints,” a free seminar Saturday, October 2 at 1 P.M.


Free event presents timely history and collecting strategies to enlighten the public and potential participants in Oct. 9 online auction

Seminar attendees have opportunity to also take in exciting new exhibit of Japanese post-war paintings and contemporary ceramics

Chicago, IL – In conjunction with their October online auction, Floating World Gallery (FWG), the nation’s premier art gallery specializing in Japanese print art, reprises their popular free seminar, “The Great Wave: An Introduction to Japanese Woodblock Prints” at 1925 N. Halsted Street, Saturday, Oct. 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. A brief reception with light refreshments will follow the presentation.
The Oct. 2 seminar will be conducted by the gallery’s Director of Exhibitions Elias Martin. Martin will provide insights into the many genres of Japanese prints, by exploring the history of the art form, along with production techniques, connoisseurship and collecting strategies, with an eye toward investments. The seminar will reference the works of renowned artists including Katsushika Hokusai (“The Great Wave off Kanagawa,” 1830), Joichi Hoshi (“Night Scene,” 1977), Kiyoshi Saito (“Camellia,” 1948) as well as European artists significantly influenced by the art form such as Paul Jacoulet a 20th Century French woodblock print artist known for a mixing the traditional Ukiyo-e style with his own techniques. The event will also provide everyone from novice to seasoned collector the opportunity to view museum quality prints up close. The event precedes FWG’s next online auction, scheduled to begin Saturday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. Central Time. The lots will be viewable at least one week before the auction at auctions.floatingworld.com and at the gallery during normal gallery hours. For more information call 312-587-7800.
Those attending the Oct. 2 seminar will also have the opportunity to take in “Creating What Has Never Been,”an exhibition of Japanese post-war paintings and contemporary ceramics,at the gallery’s Lincoln Park location Sept. 24 to Nov. 19, 2010. The exhibition showcases internationally renowned painters and contemporary ceramic artists known for the revolutionary quality of their artwork.
Floating World Gallerypresents “The Great Wave: An introduction to Japanese Woodblock Prints” Saturday, Oct. 2 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 1925 N. Halsted St. Admission to the seminar is free, however space is limited. For reservations, email classes@floatingworld.com. For more information call 312-587-7800.
Floating World Gallery, located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, takes its name and inspiration from the English translation of Ukiyo-e,a genre of Japanese woodblock prints and paintings produced between the 17th and 19th centuries, referring to an evanescent, impermanent world of fleeting beauty.
Floating World Gallery (FWG)  has been one of the world’s leading dealers of modern Japanese art for more than 20 years, offering clients, private collectors and institutions the highest quality works of art. Initially a web-based gallery, FWG opened its new 8,200 square-foot gallery space on Halsted 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.

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