Mississippi Gulf Coast will have the opportunity to view the beauty and intricate detail of Japanese art in the exhibition, “A Private Collection of Japanese Woodblock Prints,” Oct. 23 – Dec. 4 at The University of Southern Mississippi Katrina Research Center on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.
The exhibition will feature more than 60 woodblock prints from the collection of Joseph W. Bailey of Hattiesburg. Bailey steadily built his art collection over a 25-year period with purchases at antique stores, flea markets and Internet auctions.
“Collecting the prints has been rewarding and educational, each new acquisition has taught me more about the history and culture of Japan,” said Bailey. “Woodblock prints were not only instrumental in changing the Japanese way of life, they had a great influence on many western artists as well.”
An old and common art form in Japan, the exhibition features prints from the mid-19th century to contemporary artists. Before the emergence of the Internet and online auctions, Bailey traveled to Paris, London and Amsterdam to meet with art dealers who specialized in woodblock prints.
“We are honored to have Mr. Bailey's Japanese woodblock prints at the Katrina Research Center Gallery,” said Dr. Deanne Nuwer, director for the Katrina Research Center and associate professor of history. “The collection of prints depicts Japanese life in an historic art form that is both engaging and beautiful.”
Viewing of the exhibition is free and open to the public. The Katrina Research Center Gallery, located on the third floor of the library, is open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information, online visit www.usm.edu/katrina/japanese or call 228.214.3423.
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