Art: “Sōtatsu: Making Waves” exhibit in Washington, D.C.

The Sōtatsu: Making Waves exhibit is on display at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., through Jan. 31, 2016. According to the Smithsonian, “Tawaraya Sōtatsu was a commoner who introduced traditional Japanese themes and subjects, formerly the sole purview of the aristocracy, to broader audiences. He painted these nationalistic images using a bold, expressive new design style. This characteristic style was further developed and enhanced when he founded the historic Rinpa school with calligrapher Hon’ami Koetsu; Rinpa works are marked by dramatic, stylized renderings of traditional Japanese themes.”  The photos below were taken during a media tour of the exhibit, which took place three days before it opened to the public.





Photos: Sōtatsu: Making Waves – Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C.
all photos by Kwai Chan / Meniscus Magazine


Videos: Sōtatsu: Making Waves – Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Prof. Ryo Furuta and curator James Ulak

all videos by Mai D. Chan / Meniscus Magazine

For more information about the exhibit, go to