April 25, 2013
June 23, 2013
Honolulu Museum of Art
Two of the most influential patrons of the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Japanese print collection, James A. Michener (1907-1997) and Richard D. Lane (1926-2002), were both passionate advocates of the Sōsaku Hanga (Creative Print) Movement—particularly the works in this exhibition—and together they wrote extensively about the modernization of Japanese art.
As intimate friends of the artists, Michener and Lane possessed insight into their personalities, aspirations, and working methods. We are fortunate to have inherited not only the artwork they championed but also the texts through which they did so. To best convey their thoughts about the Creative Print Movement and to ensure that their perspectives are not squandered, the explanations accompanying the artworks on view directly quote these two patrons as well as the artists themselves.