ON THE VANGUARD: Meiji Period Woodblock Prints

New York Asia Week, March 11–20, 2021
by appointment only

Online exhibition:
Cultures Collide Part – 1 →
On the Front Lines – Part 2 →

A two-part exhibition exploring how artists responded to the introduction of foreign elements as Japan opened up to the West in the Meiji Period (1868-1912). The artists on the vanguard lead the way by balancing society’s intermittent longing for ‘Old Japan’ while adapting, and even embracing, a changing world. Part One- Cultures Collide, offers a selection of prints either celebrating Western influence or resisting the march toward modernity by embracing nostalgia. Part Two–On the Front Lines, presents a group of prints issued in a burst of creative productivity when Japan entered the international theater of war in 1894-95 with China, and again in 1904-05 with Russia.


Scholten Japanese Art is open Monday - Friday, and some Saturdays by appointment only

Contact Katherine Martin at
(212) 585-0474 or email
to schedule a visit between 11am and 4pm for no more than two individuals at a time.
In order to adhere to New York State guidelines visitors are asked to wear face masks and practice social distancing.

site last updated
March 5, 2021

Scholten Japanese Art
145 West 58th Street, suite 6D
New York, New York 10019
ph: (212) 585-0474
fx: (212) 585-0475