S.F. showcases Japanese art 

The City by the Golden Gate has always welcomed art from the Land of the Rising Sun, but this summer has an unusual convergence of works from Japan here. A few examples:

» At the de Young, the Hiroshi Sugimoto exhibit continues through Sept. 23, documenting the 30-year career of Japan’s best-known photographer. The installation, designed by Sugimoto, contains more than 100 of his photographs, from 1976 to the present. (www.thinker.org/deyoung)

» Sugimoto’s current designs and photos will also be featured in an upcoming Asian Art Museum exhibit, "Stylized Sculpture: Japanese Fashion from the Kyoto Costume Institute." Beginning Oct. 12, that show will present Sugimoto’s spotlight on the sculptural quality of contemporary Japanese fashion as represented in 21 works by Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto, Junya Watanabe and Tao Kurihara. (www.asianart.org)

» Also at the Asian Art Museum, the second group of 50 Japanese woodblock prints has just been added to the museum’s ongoing "Yoshitoshi’s Strange Tales" show, which is on display through Sept. 2. These color woodblock prints by Taiso Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) provide a comprehensive look at the work of the last great master of ukiyoe.

» The Japonesque Gallery, at 824 Montgomery St., a Financial District outpost of Japanese art, has a collection of contemporary and collectible art, primarily from the Noguchi aesthetic, including stone pieces and wood carvings.

» Takako Hirayama’s "Wonder of the Noh World," designs for Japanese drama, is featured at the Web-based Japan Art Gallery (www.japanspecial.com), in conjuction with the Sausalito Art Galleries, which is a "virtual art community" (www.sausalitoartgalleries.com).

» "Banzai/Godzilla: Japanese Influences in American Culture Then and Now" is at SFMoMA’s Artists Gallery at Fort Mason, a group exhibit featuring the works of Kim Anno, Kathy Aoki, Lucy Arai, John Casey, Ishan Clemenco, Laura Dufort, Yukako Ezoe, Peggy Gyulai, Theodora Varnay Jones, Tom Marioni, Howard Munson, Tomoko Nakazato, Seiko Tachibana, Kazuaki Tanahashi, Ayu Tomikawa , Scott Tsuchitani, and Kimetha Vanderveen. The show is up through July 27. (www.sfmoma.org/museumstore)

» The Japan Information Center, at 50 Fremont St., has a public calendar of events concerning Japanese culture, with such recent events as "Cranes," featuring origami (paper folding); and information about the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. (www.cgjsf.org)

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