Sakurai Yasuko, Vertical Flower, Heisei era, 2007
Fired Earth, Woven Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics and Bamboo Art November 12, 2013 - September 8, 2014

During the last decade, the exciting shapes and technical finesse in Japanese contemporary ceramics and baskets have attracted new audiences among Western enthusiasts. Recently attention has centered on more abstract works produced by modern ceramic and bamboo artists, including pioneering female...

Yoshida Hiroshi, "Sailboats: Morning," from the series "Inland Sea," Taisho era–Showa era, 1926
The Creative Process in Modern Japanese Printmaking: December 21, 2013 - August 17, 2014

In the 20th century, printmaking in Japan became not just a way of producing popular images but a fine art form. No longer constrained by the requirements of commercial publishing, artists were able to exploit the color woodblock process as far as their imaginations could take them, and to...

Soga Shōhaku, "Dragon and Clouds," 1763
Return of the Dragon: Shohaku’s Dragon and Clouds March 21, 2014 - July 6, 2014

A native of Kyoto, and known for his unconventional techniques and irreverent humor, Shōhaku depicts a dragon swooping down through whirls of clouds and mist, and swishing its scaly tail in a rhythmic symphony of rich shades of ink that extends across the thirty-five-foot-long composition. The...