Monique Pelletier is bringing back her yoga fitness class that went so well until she moved to New London, NH. We'll meet at the MBFA gallery on Tuesdays, 11:30 - 12:30. Returning regulars will be glad to welcome some new folks. Drop in is $20, buy a card for 6 classes for $100.
Organizing and offering flat art to look at online is a challenge. Find our most active presentations in a format hosted by an outfit called artsy.net (think "etsy" for art galleries). This is a world-wide online marketplace for art that is easy to navigate and is utilized by galleries that handle many of the world's finest art treasures both contemporary and from the past.
Work shown in this gallery is made by folks who live or have lived in Lyme, NH or Thetford, VT. What we show in our gallery is inter-connected with a quality unique to our part of the Upper Valley.
We represent one exception to our rule of residency. This is an offering of kabuki actor prints by the Japanese print designer Utagawa Kunisada (1789 - 1865). Our focus is print designs Kunisada made in the 1850's, just before and after the opening of Japan to the West (1853).
Why Kunisada? This gallery is owned and operated by myself, Matt Brown, and I make color woodblock prints using the Japanese hanga method. This is the same multiple block technique used to make the ukiyo-e prints of the 19th century, including these designs by Kunisada. Inspired in this work by an exhibit of Hiroshige prints at Dartmouth College's Hood Museum in 1993, Kunisada has surpassed Hiroshige as my mentor and significant inspiration in my art-making pursuit.
During his lifetime Kunisada (aka Toyokuni III) earned popularity and success exceeding that of the now more well known print designers Hokusai, Utamaro, Hiroshige, and Kuniyoshi. Recent scholarship is re-evaluating his work, but market interest has not caught up. Kunisada's output was outstanding, the diversity of his originality in the use of shape, color, and pattern exceedingly impressive, and the internet has made it possible for me to find extraordinary examples of his art at astoundingly affordable prices. As a maker of hanga woodblock prints myself I am offering a vetted selection of some of his very exciting print designs at affordable prices. I am proud to be able to share, show, and sell these prints, relying on my technical knowledge and aesthetic sense to select and organize my offerings.
A combination of an advanced formal structure, bold colors, and widespread distribution and availability led Western writers and art critics to early on label Kunisada's work “decadent”. During the period of Japonisme, when both in Europe and America folks were nuts about things Japanese, his work was called “undistinguished”. As recently as 1960 Jack Hillier, a major scholar of ukiyo-e art, described Kunisada's print designs as “repellent to us, mainly because of spectacular or sensational subjects with color to match” (Hillier, The Japanese Print, A New Approach, Tuttle Press, 1960).
The result? I can share with you wonderful Kunisada prints with pristine brilliant color at great prices. An important part of my gallery effort is offering these prints framed beautifully with 99% UV protecting museum glass. This is art that can function as an investment to be enjoyed and learned from every day.
GALLERY DIRECTOR - Matt Brown
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ARTISTS from AWAY. Leasing display space for special exhibits of work by folks who don't meet our local rule is something we have discussed. If you are interested, contact Matt (CONTACT button above).