Ghost Stories: Selections from Yoshitoshi's New Forms of 36 Ghosts and other Japanese Woodblock Prints September 10-December 21, 2009 Remis Sculpture Court
Organized by Amy Ingrid Schlegel, director of Galleries and Collections, Tufts University and Prof. Ikumi Kaminishi, Art & Art History Department, advisor
All works are on loan courtesy of a private collector, Cambridge, MA
The Tufts University Art Gallery is delighted to present a selection of 10 images from New Forms of 36 Ghosts (Shinkei Sanjurokuten), a famous series of woodblock prints published between 1889 and 1892 by Taiso Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839-1892) this fall in the Harry Remis Sculpture Court, concurrently with Sacred Monsters: Everyday Animism in Contemporary Japanese Art and Anime in the Tisch Family Gallery. The “Ghost Stories” exhibition also features one other work by Yoshitoshi, An Incident from the Tale of Genji Depicting the Shogun Tokugara Ienari (triptych), from the series Nisemrasaki Inakagenji, 1884 and a woodblock print by Utagawa Toyokuni (“Toyokuni I”; Japanese, 1769-1825), Full Golden Moon of the Chrysanthemum Month (Minori yoshi Kogane no Kiku-zuki), based on the famous ghost legend of Okiku.
Selections from Yoshitoshi’s New Forms of 36 Ghosts on view are: Hannya Flies Away Omori Notices a Demon Yoshihira’s Ghost Attacks Kiyohime Transforming into a Serpent Koremochi Will Crush the Evil Demon Kiyomori Gone Insane The Fox-WomanKunoha Leaving Her Child The Lucky Tea Kettle of Morin Temple Oiwa and the Sash Serpent Greedy Old Woman Chooses the Heavy Box
View of exhibition installation
Greedy Old Woman Chooses the Heavy Box
An old woman has chosen between a small box (full of jewels) and a large box, which she greedily opens, turning into a grotesque hag. Awful creatures appear. She has fallen, and the monsters are about to devour her.