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Color Trip: Yoshida Hodaka's Modern Prints

Osher Foundation Gallery

On December 16, 2022, the Asian Art Museum brings together almost 50 of influential Japanese artist Yoshida Hodaka’s works in his first ever solo exhibition in the United States. Yoshida Hodaka (1926–1995) was born into the Yoshida line of Japanese artists famed for their travel and nature prints that blended Japanese and Western artistic styles. A rebel from the start, Hodaka embraced traditional woodblock print technique while forging his own unique style of fantastic, imagined landscapes inspired by his globe-spanning journeys, photography, poetry, astrology and ancient art. Producing colorful images with modern print processes like photoetching, Hodaka created a new aesthetic that transformed Japanese printmaking and paved the way for the next generation of his artistic family.

Images: Aries, Gemini, and Leo, from the series Zodiac Landscape (details), 1973, by Yoshida Hodaka (Japanese, 1926–1995). Photoetching and woodblock print; ink and colors on paper. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Museum purchase, Thomas F. Humiston Acquisition Fund, 2016.24, 2016.26, and 2016.28. © Chizuko Yoshida. Photographs © Asian Art Museum.