Joe Nolan featured Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery's The Arts of Japan
as one of his top picks for this season in our Winter Arts Preview
, and its easy to see why. The gallery is at its best when it exhibits carefully curated shows that have an academic edge. This survey of historic Japanese art is a perfect fit for the place, which sometimes feels more like a mini-museum than an art gallery. The exhibit's been open for about a week already, but if you haven't had the chance to stop in yet, you can see a few images (poor substitutes for the real-deal work, of course, but sufficient for our purposes)
From Joe's write-up:
This exhibition at Vanderbilt University’s Fine Arts Gallery serves dual purposes — as recognition of the 25th anniversary of the school’s Asian American Student Association, and as a showcase for some of the more than 1,300 objects that make up the gallery’s collection of Japanese fine and applied arts, including screen paintings, ceramics, rare books and ukiyo-e, a form of Japanese woodblock printing.
Update! A longish review of the exhibit just went up on Art Now Nashville. Here's the link.