Tsuruya Kokei: Modern Kabuki Prints Revised & Revisited
Opens in its Final American Venue at Asia Society Texas Center
The Asia Society Texas Center in Houston presents the works of artist Tsuruya Kokei. The center is the first in the state to show the artist’s prints from 1983 to 1993, as well as revised kabuki prints. Kokei’s work will be contextualized by Sharaku, including additional works by Japanese artists. You will see kabuki works showing inspiration from Hello Kitty from Sanrio, Disney’s Cars and Pikachu from The Pokemon Company.
Kokei’s grasps inspiration from kabuki actors. The drama in the kabuki’s eyes calls for attention. The artist includes elements from the kabuki’s role in the classical Japanese dance such as emotions, body features, and props. He’s captured portraits from 1978 to 2000, selling his self-printed at Tokyo’s Kabukiza Theater. Until you read the description of the portrait you start to understand the elements included. Not only does this exhibit show portraits, but also traditional costume, clips of kabuki’s applying makeup, their performances, and the an interview from the artist himself.
This exhibit is open now through January 19, 2020.
Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
1370 Southmore Blvd. Houston, TX 77004
(Disclaimer: Tickets to the museum was complimentary, and all opinions are my own.)