Art Museum, USJ Presents TAJIMA IN RELIEF, a Retrospective of the Artist’s Prints

Tajima Hiroyuki (1911-1997). Emotional Space, 1976. Woodblock printed in color, 53.5 x 41 cm. Art Museum, University of Saint Joseph. Gift of Shuyu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, 2017. 

The Art Museum, University of Saint Joseph will open TAJIMA IN RELIEFon Friday, September 24, 2021, with a public reception from 5-7:30 p.m. The exhibition will run from September 24 – December 11, 2021.  

TAJIMA IN RELIEF is the first major museum retrospective of relief prints by Tajima Hiroyuki (1911-1997), a Japanese artist internationally renowned for his use of layered and luminous color and his complex and creative printmaking techniques. Featuring more than 60 prints made over the course of his career, it examines Tajima’s recurring themes and his approach to abstraction. Tajima exemplifies the inventive incorporation of international trends that characterizes post-WWII Japanese printmaking.  

The exhibition’s opening reception will feature shakuhachi (bamboo flute) performances. A Lion Dance (6:15 p.m.) will precede the dedication of cherry trees, a gift to USJ from the US & Japan Society of Connecticut; Miyoshi America, Inc.; and Maruichi Japanese Food & Deli and its patrons.  

TAJIMA IN RELIEF is organized by the Art Museum, University of Saint Joseph and is supported in part by an anonymous foundation; Benjamin Ortiz and Victor Torchia, Jr.; Miyoshi America, Inc.; the Us & Japan Society of Connecticut (UJSC); the Karen L. Chase ’97 Fund; and Gregory A. Boyko.  

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