Thru July 28: Clark Center’s “last great Rinpa artist” Sekka exhibition

Clark Sekka No Scene Takasago

Kamisaka Sekka - Noh Scene. Takasago. Ca. 1920-30. Hanging scroll; ink and colors on silk. 141.7 x 50.4 cm. (Clark Family Collection)

Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture

Kamisaka Sekka, 1866-1942: Tradition and Modernity

May 5 – July 28, 2012

15570 Tenth Ave, Hanford, CA 93230  (three-hour drive from Los Angeles)

Opening Lecture  Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 2 pm.

Seats are limited.  For reservation, call (559) 582-4915.

Kamisaka Sekka was born just before the beginning of the Meiji period (1868-1912), a vibrant time in Japan’s history that not only saw the end of a 250-year period of isolation, but also rapid Westernization and modernization of the country. Sekka became an ardent follower of the Rinpa painting tradition, a decorative style that first originated in the seventeenth century.

Often referred to as the “Last Great Rinpa Artist”, Sekka would go on to lead the revival of Rinpa in the early twentieth century.