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Works by Master Printmaker Hitoshi Nakazato at Arthur Ross Gallery
May 8, 2007, Volume 53, No. 33

Torso and HeadGloucester IINautical Shapes
Above, Torso and Head, Gloucester II, and Nautical Shapes from the exhibit, Hitoshi Nakazato: Print Series opening on May 12 at the Arthur Ross Gallery. Through July 1.

The exhibition Hitoshi Nakazato: Print Series at the Arthur Ross Gallery, May 12 through July 1, will celebrate an artist and master printmaker, who has worked and taught for nearly 40 years at Penn’s School of Design.

Print Series is a rare opportunity to see the characteristic procedure that has led the artist to work in series rather than with the intention of producing multiples of any one print,” said Dr. Dilys Winegrad, Arthur Ross Gallery director and curator.

The Print Series, rarely exhibited together, includes a variety of techniques the artist has utilized and which he continues to develop: dry point, collograph, stone lithograph, sand serigraph, aquatint, intaglio with chin collé, viscosity color etchings, mono print and two-color mono print series, among others.

“I have always stated my lack of interest in focusing on the end result,” Hitoshi, as he is universally known, said. “For me, the process itself results in some kind of imagery, always allowing an element of chance to decide the final outcome.”

Dean Gary Hack praised the artist’s “remarkable exploration of form through media on paper as a master printmaker who has transformed the art through his extraordinary skills in attaching ink, paint, grains and objects to paper. His prints probe the power of elemental forms, offered in almost infinite combinations, often rendered with startling colors and textures. They speak about absence and presence, stability and motion and relationships on and off paper.”

The Arthur Ross Gallery is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m. All exhibitions are free and open to the public. Additional information about the exhibition is available at (215) 898-2083 or www.upenn.edu/ARG/.

Almanac - May 8, 2007, Volume 53, No. 33