This article was originally published in the University City Review, 06/16/2015. It can be viewed here in its original form.
This is the last weekend to see A Sense of Place: Modern Japanese Prints at Penn’s Arthur Ross Gallery, located at 220 South 34th St., between Walnut and Spruce in the Fisher Fine Arts Library building.
This exhibit, showcasing the idea of place and landscape in the modern era, closes Sunday, June 21st. It explores the tradition of Japanese artists who select famous sites and landscapes for their work, which actively reinterprets the concept of “famous places” (meisho), one of the most influential concepts of landscape imagery in traditional Japan.
The 20th century saw two world wars, globalization and a succession of modern art movements. For generations of Japanese print artists, the concept of “place” was anything but simple. While some artists reflected upon changes and sought to reimagine what constituted “famous places” in the new landscapes of modern Japan, others promoted sites of national importance.
A Sense of Place features selected works from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the University of Pennsylvania Library and private collections.