From London to Japan


This Saturday, the Museum of Fine Arts opens two equally enticing exhibits that explore contemporary creativity from two distinct locales. Sosaku Hanga: Modern Japanese Prints features 20 works produced during the 20th century Japanese woodblock print movement. Woodblock prints traditionally resulted from a collaboration between several people — the artist, the block carver, the printer and the publisher. Artists of sosaku hanga ("creative prints") broke away from this workshop method and adopted the Western ideal of becoming actively involved in all parts of the creative printmaking process, from selecting paper and carving woodblocks to marketing the finished product. In addition to examining a pivotal movement in Japanese art history, MFA commemorates 15 years of innovative shows at London's prestigious Zelda Cheatle Gallery with Photographic Expressions from London: The Z15 (30 X 30) Portfolio. This collection of 30 contemporary images taken by 30 British photographers was loaned to the museum by collector and Friends of Photography group president, Timothy Welsh, who presents a gallery talk about the works at 2 p.m. Sat., July 29. Through Sept. 24, 255 Beach Drive N.E., St. Petersburg, $8 adults/$7 seniors/$4 students/$4 ages 7-18 (children 6 and younger enter free), 727-896-2667,

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