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The life of an active shin hanga collector is full of dates to remember: conventions and fairs, live auctions, mail auctions, internet auction closings, travelling dealers, museum exhibits, gallery exhibits and sales, and special events. While this page cannot keep you informed of each new event, it does list certain regular venues, auction houses, and other contacts to stay in touch with.

If you know of an event of interest to serious collectors, please send your news to our calendar focal point Phil Roach, who has provided many of these listings.

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New York Arts of Pacific Asia Show
69th Regiment Armory
Lexington Avenue & 26th Street

Caskey-Lees: website and email
(310) 455-2886 Pacific Time
(301) 924-5002 Eastern Time

Semi-annual shows typically held in March and September.

New England Antiquarian Print Fair
World Trade Center
Boston, MA

Annual fair typically held in October.
Recently had 35 exhibitors, with some Japanese print dealers, incl. shin hanga.

Commonwealth Promotion: website and email
tel. (617) 266-6540

IFPDA Print Fair
International Fine Print Dealers Association
7th Regiment Armory
Park Avenue at 67th Street
New York, NY

Annual fair typically held in November.

Sanford L. Smith & Associates, Ltd. website
tel. 212-759-4469

Los Angeles Arts of Pacific Asia Show
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

Caskey-Lees: website and email
(310) 455-2886 Pacific Time

Annual show typically held in October.
About 70 dealers, incl. some shin hanga

Saint Louis Print Market
Art on Paper [incl. Japanese woodblocks]
Washington University Gallery of Art
Forsyth and Skinner Blvds.

Annual(?) show, typically held in April.
(314) 361-3737

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None featured at this time,
but check with Paragon's occasional listing of Asian Art exhibitions.

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New York
1334 York Avenue at 72nd St
New York, New York 10021
Tel. 212 606 7000
Fax 212 606 7107


New York: Japanese Works of Art, two sales per year (during Asia Week), normally March and September
London: Japanese Art, 3 sales per year.


New York, Rockefeller Center
20 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, New York 10020
Tel: (212) 636 2000
Fax: (212) 636 2399

New York, East
219 East 67th Street
New York, New York 10022
Tel: (212) 606 0400
Fax: (212) 737 6076


To purchase a catalogue for any upcoming sale or for information on how to order catalogue subscriptions, please contact (800) 395 6300 or (212) 636 2500 in the Americas or (171) 389 2820 in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Australia or Africa.

Butterfields (now Bonhams)
220 San Bruno Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel (415) 861-7500
Fax (415) 861-8951


Shin hanga prints are typically sold in the auctions titled "Fine Asian Works of Art", held 1-2 times per year

Eldred's Auction Gallery
P.O. Box 796
1483 Route 6A
East Dennis, MA 02641
tel. 508-385-3116
FAX 508-385-7201


often a good shin hanga selection; Jacoulet specialists

William Doyle Galleries
Auctioneers & Appraisers
175 East 87th Street
New York, NY 10128

telephone 212.427.2730
fax 212.369.0892


Skinner, Inc.
The Heritage On The Garden
63 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116
tel. (617) 350-5400
FAX (617) 350-5429


Sloan's Auction Galleries
Auctioneers and Appraisers since 1853
Washington DC Gallery
4920 Wyaconda Road
N. Bethesda, MD 20852
tel. (800) 649-5066 or (301) 468-4911
FAX (301) 468-9182


Phillips International Auctioneers & Valuers
Phillips New York
406 E. 79th Street
New York, NY 10021
tel. (212) 570-4830
FAX (212) 570-2207


"America's Oldest Auction House"
1808 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
tel. (215) 563-9275
FAX (215) 563-8236


Check occasionally for prints.

Rachel Davis Fine Arts
Works on Paper at Auction
[incl. Japanese]
12803 Larchmere Blvd, Shaker Heights, OH 44120

Check for upcoming dates
tel. (216) 791-6040    FAX (216) 791-9311

Swann Auction Galleries
104 East 25th Street
New York, NY 10010
(212) 254-4710    FAX (212) 979-1017

This auction house specializes in books and graphic arts. They occasionally auction off collections of books on Asian art.

Kunsthandel Klefisch GmbH
Ubierring 35 - D-50678 Köln

This firm often has shin hanga prints for sale.

JPAA (Japan Print and Art Association)
regular auctions, purchase catalog

2-3 Jinbocho, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 101-0051
Tel +81-3-3512-3580
Fax +81-3-3230-1158

Also see Paragon's occasional listing of Asian Art auctions.

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Woodblock kuchi-e prints
Reflection of Meiji (and later) culture

By Helen Merritt and Nanako Yamada. ISBN 0-8248-2073-8

Published by University of Hawaii Press
2840 Kolowalu Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

It deals with Meiji (and later) book frontispieces known as kuchi-e. They are the forerunner of shin hanga and contain a few well known artists and lots more not so well known complete with seals and signatures. One well known artist is Kaburagi Kiyokata who was the mentor of Hasui, Shinsui, Shiro and others. A well done book. Highly recommended. Cost is around $50.00 US.

Japanese Prints catalogs are available from:

Arts and Designs of Japan
P.O. Box 22075
San Francisco, CA 94122

tel. 415-759-6233

Ukiyo-e New Collection News
Published by Art Shop Ezoshi
Torokugo Bldg. 1F
Nawate Higashi-iru, Shinmonsen-st.
Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan

Lists mostly Japanese prints, many shown in color.

Mita Arts (David Kaplan)
Ivy Building, 4th. Floor
1-10 Jimbocho, Kanda,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101, Japan

Catalogs often supplied free on request.

Yamada Shoten
1-8 Jimbocho, Kanda,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Catalogs have usually been available for sale.

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