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Seduction: Japan's Floating World

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Asian Art Museum, Feb. 20 - May 10, 2015

San Francisco art collector Edwin Grabhorn (1889–1968) brought a unique perspective to his search for fine Japanese woodblock prints. Serving as co-founder of Grabhorn Press, a printing firm based in the city, he was acutely attuned to the technical side of printmaking. On Feb. 20, 2015 the public will get a rare chance to appreciate Grabhorn's skill as a collector when the Asian Art Museum unveils The Printer's Eye: Ukiyo-e from the Grabhorn Collection, an original exhibition showcasing 88 superb prints acquired by the museum in 2005. The exhibition coincides with the museum's presentation of Seduction: Japan's Floating World, a special exhibition featuring paintings, textiles, prints and other material related to the popular entertainment districts of Edo-period (1615–1868) Japan. Together the exhibitions offer museum visitors a close examination of how the "floating world"— a pleasure-seeking way of life—was portrayed by artists of the period.

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