Friday, July 22, 2011

Woodblock Prints from East and West

The New Mexico Museum of Art, located just a few blocks away from The Madeleine Bed and Breakfast Inn, is now featuring a terrific exhibit - Kimono:  Karen La Monte and Prints of the Floating World.  There you will see a juxtaposition of life-size glass sculpture kimonos with actual 17th century Japanese woodblock prints.  This exhibit can be seen now through November 5, 2011.

Once you have seen these ancient Japanese woodblock prints, you will want to move on to the exhibit of Gustav Baumann's woodblock prints, which adorn many of the bedroom walls of our inn.  The concurrent exhibitions are a perfect example of East meets West in the art world.  Baumann's work, done in the early 20th century, shows a very clear influence from the earlier Japanese woodblock printmaking.  Using southwestern landscapes and Northern New Mexico themes, Baumann's use of asymmetrical compositions, bright colors and patterned surfaces are very similar to what one sees in the adjacent Japanese print exhibit.  The Baumann show runs now through December, 2011.

New Mexico Museum of Art
107 W. Palace Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Open 10am-5pm daily.
$9 admission, free on Friday evenings from 5pm-8pm

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