C.V. Starr East Asian Library Hosts Art Exhibition By Seisai
NEW YORK, November 13, 2012 –

The C.V. Starr East Asian Library is pleased to announce the opening of a special exhibit of fifteen prints by Seisai (the artist name of Peter MacMillan), from his series Thirty-Six New Views of Mount Fuji. This exhibition takes place in the Starr Library rare book reading room and will be on view through November 30, 2012.


Thirty-Six New Views of Mount Fuji explores the gap between traditional Japanese culture and the careless consumerism of present-day society. The artist uses lithograph printing, offset printing, hand painting, and gold leaf applied by hand in his prints, drawing upon Hokusai's motifs as well as those of other Japanese and Western artists.  

Peter MacMillan is a poet, print maker, and translator.  He is from Ireland and has lived in Japan for more than twenty years.  He holds an M.A. from University College Dublin, where he completed a Master’s degree in philosophy and Ph.D. in English literature.  He has been a Visiting Fellow or Research Fellow at Princeton University, Columbia University, and Oxford University.  He was was awarded the Donald Keene Special Prize for the best translation of a work of classical Japanese literature (Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature) in 2009 for his book One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each: A Translation of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, published by Columbia University Press in 2008. 

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The C.V. Starr East Asian Library is one of the major collections for the study of East Asia in the United States, with over 900,000 volumes of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, and Western language materials, as well as some holdings in Mongol and Manchu, and over 7,280 periodical titles. The collection, established in 1902, is particularly strong in Chinese history, literature, and social sciences; Japanese literature, history, and religion, particularly Buddhism; and Korean history. For more information, please visit: /content/libraryweb/indiv/eastasian.html

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 11 million volumes, over 150,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 500 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.

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