The Ronin Gallery’s 40th Anniversary exhibit, 40 for 40: Forty Masterpieces Celebrating Forty Years, opens to the public on Thursday, September 10th, 2015. This exhibition traces the development of the Japanese woodblock print from the emergence of ukiyo-e in 1680 to today’s Contemporary masters. 40 for 40 is free to the public and will run through October 17, 2015, available for viewing Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Capturing a realm of unyielding beauty and endless pleasures, ukiyo-e translates to “pictures (-e) of the floating world (ukiyo).” These woodblock prints reveled in this floating world and Edo’s newly emerged middle class embraced the medium as their own. From the Edo period (1603-1868) to Japan today, the woodblock technique has not only developed as a masterfully perfected, distinctly artistic process, but has also defined itself through its constant evolution. Whether rendering the opulence of Edo’s pleasure districts or abstracted explorations of urban reality, Japanese woodblock prints celebrate a beauty, sensitivity and vitality intrinsic to the culture that produced them. In honor of 40 years in business, Ronin Gallery traces the development of this tradition through 40 master artists. Commencing with the first ukiyo-e print artist and concluding with today’s artistic vanguard, 40 for 40: Forty Masterpieces Celebrating Forty Years explores 335 years of woodblock printing.