Davidson Galleries Pioneer Square
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 2 2017
Sōsaku-hanga was a Japanese art movement from the turn of last century that differed from previous forms of printing by emphasizing the role of the individual artist (rather than a division of labor). This exhibit, fittingly, displays the poetic idiosyncrasies of artists from the last century in works like Kiyoshi Saito's Beauty Facing Left (a color-block portrait of a woman, with parts of her kimono and the background revealing the grain of the wood), Yoshitoshi Mori's Witch Retrieving Her Arm in rich black and blue, Jun'ichiro Sekino's expressionist Bungoro Onstage (revealing a puppet master flanked by blank-faced musicians), and Rikio Takahashi's mellow abstract Garden in Kyoto (A). The diversity of styles and subjects, all rendered in rich, stark colors, makes this exhibition seem like a gorgeous condensation of 20th-century art.