Easthampton, MA
February 6, 2023

Moonlit Sea Prints is proud to announce the opening of the Sam Sokolov Library within their gallery in the Eastworks building of Easthampton MA on Thursday, February 9th, 2023 during the Easthampton ArtWalk.

The Sam Sokolov Library at Moonlit Sea Prints is a collection of over 300 volumes exploring the rich genre of Japanese art with a focus on woodblock printmaking (mokuhanga) commonly referred to as ukiyo-e or shin-hanga. Many of the volumes contained here are long out of print and contain notable research on specific artists, topics such as artistic censorship in Edo-era Japan, surimono prints, and much more. Works in the library extend from “L’Art Japonais” by Louis Gonse (1883, the first serious Western work on the subject of Japanese art), to the more recent “Japanese Woodblock Prints” by Andreas Marks (2019).

Moonlit Sea Prints is a small gallery in the Eastworks Building of Easthampton MA that buys, sells, and educates on the genre of antique Japanese woodblock prints from roughly 1790-1960 (ukiyo-e, shin-hanga, sosaku-hanga). Through their gallery in Easthampton and online shop they reach thousands of people each month, showcasing exceptional work from a wide range of artists and giving visitors more knowledge on this oft-overlooked artform and art movement.

The goal of Moonlit Sea Prints with the Sokolov Library is to compile one of the largest libraries in New England focused on Japanese woodblocks and make it accessible for research.

Sam Sokolov was born in 1922 in Brooklyn, New York, to immigrant parents. He was a completely self-invented man who in addition to collecting prints, was a painter and artist himself, as well as a wood craftsman who designed and built unique and beautiful wood furniture.

Dr. Sam Sokolov’s interest in Japanese art began around 1945 at the end of World War II, where he served in the US Army during the allied forces occupation of Japan. While awaiting discharge from the Army, he came across many kinds of Japanese art including woodblock prints, which made their aesthetic mark on him and sparked a lifelong passion. Dr. Sam Sokolov’s passion for Japanese prints and his ability to find and acquire works of great artistic value and beauty continued throughout the rest of his life until his death in December 2020 at age 98.

The Sokolov family donated Sam’s reference library to Moonlit Sea Prints in remembrance of Dr. Sokolov’s passion for ukiyo-e and his desire to help others gain as much knowledge and pleasure from his collection as he did.

Information about Moonlit Sea Prints can be found at https://moonlitseaprints.com/

Information about the Sam Sokolov Library can be found at https://moonlitseaprints.com/library/

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David Kutcher
Moonlit Sea Prints