David Schorr, professor of art, and Keiji Shinohara, artist-in-residence of art and East Asian studies, are showing their artwork at the DFN Gallery, 64 East 79th Street in New York, N.Y.
Their work is featured in an exhibit titled “Looks Good on Paper,” which runs through March 6.
Schorr has been a faculty member at Wesleyan since 1971 where he has taught printmaking, drawing, typography, book design, graphic design and calligraphy. Fifteen years ago he turned to canvas for a series of paintings about AIDS and early death so he could layer the backgrounds, dissolving the figures in the ether of space to suggest loss and memory.
He is represented by Mary Ryan Gallery in New York City where he shows regularly. In addition has had solo shows in Chicago, Milan, Rome, Naples, Paris, Athens, Toronto, Montreal and Copenhagen. His work has been reproduced extensively in the New York Times, The New Yorker and most significantly The New Republic, for which he has done more than 300 portraits.
His work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Fogg Museum (Harvard), The New York Public Library, The Israel Museum (Jerusalem), and the Museum of Modern Art, among others.
Shinohara began studying traditional Ukiyo-e techniques at Uesugi Studio, Kyoto, Japan in 1975, and in 1981, he became a Master Printmaker of woodblock printing. He’s had solo shows at the Art Zone, Kaguaoka Gallery in Kyoto, Japan in 2008, the Tremaine Gallery at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn. and Wesleyan’s Davison Art Center in 2008.
Shinohara’s natural abstractions are printed on rice paper with water-based inks from woodblocks in the Ukiyo-e style – the traditional Japanese printmaking method dating to 600 CE. Keiji Shinohara has been a visiting artist at over 100 venues.
He has received grants from the Japan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and his work is in many public collections, including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, and the Library of Congress.