The University of Sydney presents:


Marketing Pleasure for Profit: The Mirror of Yoshiwara Beauties, Compared

The Sydney Asian Art Series is a dedicated series of talks on Asian art co-presented by the University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre, The Power Institute and VisAsia, with support from the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Sydney Ideas. The Sydney Asian Art Series will bring to Sydney four international guest speakers each year over the next three years. The lecture series will focus on topics in early, modern and contemporary Asian art.

Lecture Abstract

Today, The Mirror of Yoshiwara Beauties, Compared is regarded as one of most remarkable printed books of eighteenth-century Japan. Featuring sumptuous illustrations by two leading ukiyo-e artists, Kitao Shigemasa and Katsukawa Shunshō, the book exploited full-color multiple block printing to represent the glamorous ‘beauties’ of the licensed Yoshiwara pleasure district. In her presentation, Professor Davis will discuss the publication as a remarkable collaboration between the publishers, artists, block carvers and printers, to demonstrate how the unnamed patrons of the project are indicated through the book’s representational strategies. By reading the album against guidebooks to the district, as period readers would have, this talk further addresses how images and text operated to replicate and promote the act of connoisseurship of all that is shown in its pages.

WHEN:      Thursday 9 March, 2017 – 6:00-7:30pm
WHERE:   Charles Perkins Centre Lecture Theatre Auditorium, Building D17, Johns Hopkins Drive, Camperdown Campus, The University of Sydney

Click here for more information and FREE registration.


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