Painting the Floating World: Ukiyo-e Masterpieces from the Weston Collection

Studio Blue

Several metaphors helped us define the project’s design direction:

Ukiyo–e: the impermanence of everyday life.

– Artworks that were sacred, yet common: attainable, relatable works that reflected the world of ordinary people, as they wanted to see it.

– The Tadao Ando room in the Art Institute of Chicago’s Weston Wing: accessible everyday materials put together in transformative ways; unassuming, minimal, uplifting.

– Collector Roger Weston’s suggestion: “Mami (co-curator of the exhibition) and I want it to look clean and simple, like Japan.”

We tried to develop formats that would be easily navigable by scholars, yet also accessible to the general public. We considered how best to organize a wide variety of content on the catalogue entry pages, while keeping the text clear and legible. And we tried to establish means that allowed readers to choose whether or not to view the shunga (spring pictures) works.

Roger Weston
Janice Katz
Mami Hatayama
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Creative director, Studio Blue
Cheryl Towler Weese
Designer, Studio Blue
Tuan Pham
Designer, Studio Blue
Emma Magidson
Designer, Studio Blue
Joel De Leon
Designer, Studio Blue
Cheryl Towler Weese
Executive Director of Publishing, The Art Institute of Chicago
Gregory Nosan
Editorial Director, The Art Institute of Chicago
Lisa Meyerowitz
Director of Production, The Art Institute of Chicago
Joseph Mohan
Assistant Director of Production, The Art Institute of Chicago
Lauren Makholm
Editor, The Art Institute of Chicago
Elissa Park
Conti Tipocolor, Florence, Italy
Color separations
Prographics, Rockford, Illinois