Saito Kiyoshi's Snow Country: The Winter in Aizu Print

Our September 2021 presentation was by Dr. Rhiannon Paget on Saito Kiyoshi (1907-1997) who emerged as one of the most internationally recognized Japanese print artists of his generation. He was born in snow country of Fukushima prefecture and Dr. Paget's presentation is on his largest body of work, the series "Winter in Aizu." While his oeuvre encompasses a wide variety of subject matter, Saito's largest body of work was "Winter in Aizu" - a series of stark, monochromatic winter landscapes and village scenes of his birthplace. Through a consideration of the Aizu series and other designs, this talk will discuss Saito's skilful negotiation of his medium, his shifting approach to design, and his sense of place and identity.

Rhiannon Paget is the curator of Asian Art at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, where she recently curated "Saito Kiyoshi: Graphic Awakening." She received her doctorate from the University of Sydney, Australia. Prior to joining the Ringling, she co-curated the exhibition "Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan." She has published research on Japanese paintings, woodblock prints, erotic art, textiles, board games, and propaganda.

The recording of her presentation is no longer available, per the requirements of the Ringling Museum.

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