Uchima Ansei and Uchima Toshiko Exhibition

July 17 Tues. - Aug 10 Fri. 2018 11:00-19:00

After Ansei Uchima, who in the 50s was a member of the Sosaku Hanga Movement led by Koshiro Onchi, and Toshiko Uchima (nee Aohara), a member of DEMOKRATO Art Association led by Q Ei, wed in 1954, they decided start a new life in America to walk their path of art. They moved together with their infant son Anju. This was 60 years ago. In December of 1982, Ansei Uchima collapsed, and after several years living with illness, passed away in May of 2000. Toshiko, who resolutely supported him during that time, joined him that December.

Since then, 18 years have passed.

Today, Toki no Wasuremono has worked with the support of the Uchimas’ bereaved family in New York to present the exhibition, “Uchima Ansei and Uchima Toshiko”.
After many years of trial and error, Ansei intensified the traditional methods of ukiyoe to develop his own unique method which he used to create his “Forest Byobu” series. In this exhibition we will present vibrant woodblock prints created between 1957 and 1982 abundant with a modern sensibility.

Toshiko was active in the avant-garde from early on, and after crossing to America in 1966, she began to create box-shaped assemblages by sealing old wood and stones, finding success in solo exhibitions across the United States and Japan. Following her husband’s illness in 1982, Toshiko became fully devoted to taking care of him, but still continued to create works in her now limited spare time. With themes like “dreams, hopes, and memories”, the works which are made up of everyday objects express a record of Toshiko’s life.

We have prepared 50 works, but based on the space available for this exhibition, the display is limited to around 20.

●We will publish an exhibition catalogue
『Uchima Ansei and Uchima Toshiko Exhibition』Catalogue
Published by Toki-no-Wasuremono
B5 24pages Images:51 Biography
Text:Anju Uchima(Eldest son, art lawyer/New York)
Design:Okamoto Issen Design Studio
Edited by:Reiko Odachi
Assistance:Noriko Kuwahara
Translation:Chiaki Ajioka、others
800 yen (incl. tax)※shipping fee of 250 yen

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■ Ansei UCHIMA (1921-2000)
Uchima was born 1921 in Stockton, California. In 1940, he went to Tokyo to study architecture at Waseda University. After the war, Uchima met the sosaku hanga artist Onchi Koshiro, and began to venture into abstract woodblock printing. He held his first solo exhibition at Yoseido Gallery (Tokyo) in 1955. In 1960, he relocated to New York, where he received twice a Guggenheim Fellowship for print artists (1962 and 1970). Uchima taught at Sarah Lawrence College, and held a position as an adjunct professor of printmaking at Columbia University. He died in 2000, aged 79.

■ Toshiko UCHIMA (1918-2000)
Born 1918 in Manchuria, Uchima enrolled as a student at Dalian Institute of Painting in 1928. In 1939, she completed her studies at Kobe College. Since she moved to Japan, she furthermore studied with the painter Ryohei Koiso. In 1953, Uchima became a member of the Democratic Artists Association founded by Q Ei. Around the same time, she met Sadajiro Kubo and Shuzo Takiguchi and started to experiment with abstract oil painting, woodblock prints and lithographs. In 1955, she became a founding member of the Japanese Women’s Print Artists Association. Three years later in 1958, Uchima participated in the Triennial of Contemporary Printed Art in Grenchen (Switzerland), subsequently shifting her main activities to the United States. Since 1960, she lived in New York. Since around 1966, Uchima’s work started to center on box-like assemblages and collages made of impressions on wood and stone. Her works have been exhibited across the United States and in Japan. When her husband, fellow print artist Ansei Uchima, suffered a cerebral haemorrhage in 1982, she devoted most of her time over the next 18 years to take care of him, though she also continued to be active as an artist. Uchima passed away in 2000.

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July 17 Tues. - Aug 10 Fri. 2018 11:00-19:00

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