Des Moines Art Center presents Between Vertical and the Horizon: Japanese Works on Paper

Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2019

For Immediate Release
Contact: Barbara Briggie-Smith or Jordan Powers
Tel: 515.271.0343 pr 515.271.0344
Email: bbsmith@desmoinesartcenter.org or jpowers@desmoinesartcenter.org

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On Friday, August 9 the Des Moines Art Center will open
Between Vertical and the Horizon: Japanese Works on Paper, which will be on view through October 27, 2019 in the John Brady Print Gallery. Assistant Curator Jared Ledesma is organizing the exhibition.

Between Vertical and the Horizon brings together more than 30 works of art that range in date from the mid-19th century to the 1980s. Despite the years that separate them, many of the artworks share similar formal styles – such as the division of the picture plane into quadrants, or tight cropping – which illuminates how influential former printmakers have been on contemporary Japanese artists. Included in the exhibition are woodblock prints by Ando Hiroshige and Utagawa Kunisada, drawings by artist and architect Shusaku Arakawa, and lithographs by Okiie Hashimoto and Shoichi Ida.

Related Program

Gallery Dialogue and Cultural Demonstrations
Jared Ledesma, Art Center assistant curator; Chie Schiller, Japan America Society of Iowa president; and members of Raccoon Valley Kendo Club

Sunday, September 15 / 1:30 pm
John Brady Print Gallery + lobby

Following Ledesma’s talk about select pieces from his exhibition featuring historic and contemporary Japanese works on paper, the Japan America Society of Iowa (JASI) will offer two cultural presentations — the ritual of kimono dressing and a demonstration of Kendo, a form of martial arts related to the samurai spirit. This event is free and open to the public. 

About the Des Moines Art Center

Recognized by international art critics as a world-class museum in the heart of the Midwest, the Des Moines Art Center has amassed an important collection with a major emphasis on contemporary art. The collection’s overriding principle is a representation of artists from the 19th century to the present, each through a seminal work. This accounts for an impressive collection that ranges from Edward Hopper’s Automat to Jasper Johns’ Tennyson, Henri Matisse’s Woman in White, Georgia O’Keeffe’s From the Lake No. 1, Francis Bacon’s Study after Velásquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X, Bill Viola’s Ascension, and Cecily Brown’s Half-Bind.

The Art Center’s physical complex marries with the collection for a totally integrated experience. The collection is housed in three major buildings, each designed by a world-renowned architect – Eliel Saarinen, I. M. Pei, and Richard Meier. With the exception of special events, admission to the museum is free.

In September 2009, the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park opened in Des Moines’ Western Gateway Park. Philanthropists John and Mary Pappajohn have provided funding for and donated 28 sculptures by internationally acclaimed contemporary artists to the Des Moines Art Center. The collection of sculptures by such artists as Louise Bourgeois, Deborah Butterfield, Willem de Kooning, Olafur Eliasson, Keith Haring, Ellsworth Kelly, Jaume Plensa, Richard Serra, Joel Shapiro, and Mark di Suvero, is the most significant donation of artwork to the Art Center in a single gift in the museum’s history. The Pappajohn Sculpture Park was created in collaboration with the Pappajohns, the City of Des Moines, the Des Moines Art Center, and numerous corporate and private donors.

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