Exhibitions

Nakayama’s Horses: Contemporary Japanese Woodblock Prints

Jul 17, 2020 - Jan 17, 2021

In the spirit of the summer Olympics being held in Japan in 2020, the National Sporting Library & Museum presents an exhibition of vibrant woodblock prints by Tadashi Nakayama (Japanese, 1927-2014). The artist used contemporary techniques known as “Sōsaku-hanga” (meaning “creative prints”), a departure from traditional Japanese woodblock prints (“Ukiyo-e”) and printmaking. Inspired by Western art and the Renaissance painter Paolo Uccello’s horses, Nakayama emulated their grandeur in attitude in his highly-detailed, labor-intensive medium of large-format woodblock prints comprised of up to forty separate colors.

Tadashi Nakayama (Japanese, 1927-2014), Riding Horse, 1969, woodblock print

Tadashi Nakayama (Japanese, 1927-2014), Riding Horse, 1969, woodblock print