Join us for a special opening weekend lecture in the Koret Auditorium with tattoo artist Ed Hardy as he discusses his life and the exhibition Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin. Book signing to follow. The exhibition catalogue will be available to purchase for signing at the museum store.
Ed Hardy: Deeper than Skin is the first museum retrospective of the tattoo artist and surveys Hardy’s life in art that has as its inspiration both traditional American tattooing of the first half of the twentieth century and Japan’s ukiyo-e era culture. Paintings, drawings, prints, and three-dimensional works spanning 40 years track Hardy’s goal of elevating the tattoo from its subculture, “outsider” status to a more important visual art form.
Pursuing a childhood passion for drawing, Don Ed Hardy went on to complete an undergraduate degree in printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute. His emphasis was on classic etching techniques and Western art history. He was also passionate about Japanese art and aesthetics, and combined that with an interest in tattooing as an unexplored medium of human expression. In 1967 he began tattooing and went on to bring the ancient practice into its present unprecedented global popularity. Hardy has continued to work and exhibit in other mediums, published numerous books, and lectured widely. In the early 2000s he licensed many of his classic tattoo images and they became an international fashion sensation in a variety of mediums. This comprehensive retrospective of his career includes works spanning over fifty years.