Yozo Hamaguchi (1909-2000) is internationally known for reviving the art of mezzotint printmaking, a technique invented in the 17th century. This type of engraving, also once known as “black manner,” involves scraping images onto copper or steel plates with a pre-roughened surface. Artists could control the shade of ink printed through the depth of indentations onto that surface. Hamaguchi experimented not only with color mezzotints, but also with modern compositions.
For this exhibition, the print works of Yozo Hamaguchi are displayed alongside that of three contemporary artists: Akiko Ikeuchi, Naoyo Fukuda and Saori Miyake; till Aug. 11.
Musée Hamaguchi Yozo: Yamasa Collection; (03) 3665-0251; 1-35-7 Kagigaracho, Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo; Suitengu-mae Station, Hanzomon Line. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat., Sun. from 10 a.m.). ¥600. Closed Mon. (except July 15), July 16. www.yamasa.com/musee/en