The New York Observer
"Designed for Pleasure: The World of Edo Japan in Prints and Paintings, 1680-1860... is a trying experience because the awe it elicits is unremitting. Has there been a New York exhibition quite as beautiful?"
The New York Times
"In the theaters, teahouses and brothels of Edo, pleasure was a serious business.... Designed for Pleasure: The World of Edo Japan in Prints and Paintings, 1680-1860 anchors the floating world firmly in economic and social reality."
The New Yorker
"Japanese ukiyo-e, 'pictures of the floating world,' combined graphic elegance with titillation, depicting cherry-blossom festivals and bawdy Zen stories, actors and courtesans, musicales and other, more private entertainments."