Australia-Japan Society of NSW

Art Lecture: Utamaro Japanese prints "Edo City: Crucible of Culture"

  • 07 Apr 2010
  • 6:00 PM - 6:59 PM
  • Art Gallery of NSW


  • Anyone registering before Feb 12

  Utamaro Japanese prints:

“Edo City: Crucible of Culture”

Join AJS friends for a talk at the Art Gallery of NSW

We have secured a priority group booking for a talk related to the Utamaro Japanese prints exhibition (February through May) at the Art Gallery of NSW. Following the one-hour talk, we are invited for refreshments in the Modern Australian gallery, or you may care to join a public tour of the Utamaro exhibition led by one of the Gallery’s art experts.

Early sign up is essential for this lecture event. Our group booking at member rates is only confirmed until February 12 and to attend as a group we must have your confirmation before then.


We will join Lecture 2 of the “Edo City: Crucible of Culture” series, given by Professor Bill Coaldrake, Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne. This talk will focus on the Edo popular culture and the rise of woodblock prints (ukiyo-e or ‘pictures of the floating world’) as an art of mass consumption, depicting the daily life of the artisans and merchants and the women of the entertainment district.


Professor Coaldrake was born in Tokyo, in Tsukiji, the heartland of Old Edo, the son of Australian missionary parents. After undergraduate studies at ANU, he received his doctorate and taught at Harvard University before becoming Foundation Professor of Japanese at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of two major books on Japanese architecture and is currently completing a third book on the arts of Japan.


About the exhibition: 13 February - 2 May 2010

Asian gallery, ground level 

Featuring around 80 prints from the renowned collection of the Asian Art Museum, National Museums in Berlin, this exhibition “Hymn to beauty: the art of Utamaro” is the first extensive survey of Utamaro’s work in Australia


Place:  Art Gallery of NSW, The Domain, Sydney 


Book by February 12 2010!

About the Society

The Australia-Japan Society of NSW Incorporated (AJS-NSW) aims to bring together Australian and Japanese people living in NSW to explore mutual interests.

AJS-NSW holds regular business, social and cultural functions, at various locations around Sydney.

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