Utagawa: Masters of the Japanese Print, 1770-1900 & Murakami

My friend Bella was kind enough to take me to see these exhibits at the Brooklyn Museum. Utagawa featured about a hundred woodblock prints of painstaking detail of both mundane and fantastical scenes, which I could have stared at for hours. Takashi Murakami reminds me of Roy Lichtenstein in that they both took a lowbrow art form (manga and comics respectively (although they are really the same thing)) and are now famous for imitating it. Still, lots of fun to look at.