George Segal Gallery: Art of Japan

George Segal Gallery on the campus of Montclair State University is hosting a month-long exhibit featuring art from Japan.

George Segal Gallery hosts month-long exhibit.

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Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892), Mount Ji Ming Moon, ca. second half of the 19th-century, 13 ¼ x 9 1/8 in., polychrome woodblock print, Montclair State University Permanent Collection. Photo courtesy of Montclair State University.

The George Segal Gallery, located on the fourth floor of the Red Hawk Parking Deck of Montclair State University, has always been a home to beautiful and unique art pieces, and the current exhibit is definitely the perfect example of this. Japanese art from the 18th-20th centuries is being displayed in the newest exhibition, “The Enchanting Art of Japan. This exhibit is on display now until April 18.

According to an announcement by the gallery, “The exhibition includes five Ukiyo-e style woodblock prints depicting scenes from everyday life in 19th- and 20th-century Japan by such master printmakers as Yoshitoshi Tsukioka and Utagawa Hiroshige. Western painters such as Edgar Degas and Vincent Van Gogh were strongly influenced by Hiroshige, even purchasing his prints to study his technique. Also featured are two Bunjinga or Zen monochrome ink paintings on paper. Traditionally, these landscape paintings were accompanied by verse.”

To go along with the Japanese exhibition, the George Segal Gallery is also hosting an event on April 11 from 3 to 4 p.m., “All the Tea In Japan/History and Culture,” a lecture and tea tasting highlighting the historic and cultural significance of tea in Japan. According to the announcement, “Montclair State alumnus, cofounder and tea sommelier for the international tea brand Tavalon Tea, will lead the program. Featured teas include Brown Rice Tea, Twig Tea and Roasted Tea. Admission to this event is $10 per person and reservations are required. To reserve a seat, call 973-655-6941 or email by April 8. Seating is limited and purchased tickets are nonrefundable.”

The Enchanting Art of Japan is made possible in part by funding from the New Jersey State Counsel on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and the McMullen Family Foundation. The George Segal Gallery is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free.

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