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ART OF DARKNESS: JAPANESE MEZZOTINTS FROM THE HITCH COLLECTION

FREER/SACKLER GALLERY/SMITHSONIAN, Washington,D.C.
April 7 – July 8, 2012
Mezzotint from Japan?
A very interesting exhibit of  modern and contemporary Japanese Mezzotints  donated by Ken and Kiyo Hitch to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. This exhibit features approximately 20 prints with related  copperplates by the artists Hamaguchi Yozo (1909-2000), and Hamanishi Katsunori (born 1949), illustrating the traditional European technique of mezzotint in the hands of Japanese artists.
Here is a definition of mezzotint:
Mezzotint is a printmaking process of the intaglio family, technically a drypoint method. It was the first tonal method to be used, enabling half-tones to be produced without using line- or dot-based techniques like hatching, cross-hatching or stipple. Mezzotint achieves tonality by roughening the plate with thousands of little dots made by a metal tool with small teeth, called a “rocker.” In printing, the tiny pits in the plate hold the ink when the face of the plate is wiped clean. A high level of quality and richness in the print can be achieved.
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