VMFA: Japanese tattoo exhibit opens Friday

VMFA: Japanese tattoo exhibit opens Friday

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If you like tattoos, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will have an exhibit that you don't want to miss!

"Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition," a photography exhibition organized by the Japanese American National Museum, opens Friday and runs through September 27.

Click here to see a slideshow of some of the photos (contains full-body tattoos): http://www.nbc12.com/slideshow?widgetid=152788?clienttype=generic

"The art of tattoo is something we haven't deeply explored until now," said Director Alex Nyerges. "As a comprehensive art museum, we are interested in bringing attention to artists who have garnered international acclaim in their field."

The exhibit focuses on the work of seven internationally acclaimed artists: Horitaka, Horitomo, Chris Horishiki Brand, Miyazo, Shige, Junii and Yokohama Horiken. Works by selected others will also be on display.

The photographs will examine current practices in Japanese tattooing, heavily influenced by the traditional Japanese arts of calligraphy and ukiyo-e woodblock printmaking.

About the exhibition

TITLE: Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition

DATES: May 29 – September 27, 2015

CURATORS: Takahiro Kitamura (Horitaka), with photography and design by Kip Fulbeck. Organized for VMFA by Dr. Lee Anne Hurt Chesterfield, Interim Deputy Director for Art and Education and Assistant Curator of Ancient American Art.

ORGANIZER: The traveling version of Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition is organized by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, Calif., and is supported, in part, by Mariko Gordon and Hugh Cosman.

ITINERARY: Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, March 8 – September 14, 2014; VMFA, dates above.

ADMISSION: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors 65+, youth (7 – 17) and students with school ID. Free for VMFA members, children 6 and under, and active-duty military personnel and their immediate families.

CATALOGUE: A companion book of the same title features additional photographs and writings, and is published by the Japanese American National Museum.

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