Mokuhanga, the richly colored, visually dynamic woodblock technique perfected in Japan in the 18th century, gave us the Ukiyo-e masterpieces of Hiroshige and Utamaro and transformed European painting at the end of the 19th century. After a mid-century eclipse, it is once again a vital tool for contemporary artists around the globe. April Vollmer looks at mokuhanga both inside and outside Japan, and at challenging new prints that combine old and new ways of thinking about multiples.
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