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Woodblock as Mirror

November 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm


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About the Event: 

The Japanese Culture Center – 日本文化会館, Japan America Society of Chicago (JASC), and Japanese Arts Foundation proudly announce a special evening exploring self-portraits in 20th century Japanese Japanese Prints.

Self-portraits have long been admired for their revelatory nature, yielding insight into both the appearance and the essence of the sitter. But in their modern guise, they frequently offer something more. In some cases, artists provide almost confessional portrayals, sharing impressions regarding their self, their mirror-reflection, and their perceived relationship in society. On a more profound and universal level, they also expose deeper truths about the human condition.

About the Speaker: 

Elias Martin is the founder and director of Collecting Japanese Prints. He is a member of the Ukiyo-e Dealers Association of Japan. As a dealer, curator to private clients, collector, and educator with over 20 years of professional experience, Elias has helped build important private collections and has placed works at notable public institutions. He is passionate about educating both his clients and the public on the fine art of woodblock prints in the Ukiyo-e, Shin Hanga, and Sosaku Hanga traditions, as well as on Japanese post-war painting. He has a special place in his heart for Sosaku Hanga (creative prints) and has personally amassed one of the world’s foremost collections.


Special thanks to our co-organizers:




November 7
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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