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Current Exhibition:

Japanese Inspiration

Sean Donnan, David Gootnick, Yoshiko Ratliff

April 4 - May 12, 2024

Artist Reception: Sunday, April 7, 4 - 6 pm

To complement Washington’s festivities celebrating the Japanese cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin, the Athenaeum Gallery is featuring the work of three local contemporary artists whose work is

influenced and guided by traditional Japanese art. Sean Donnan is an illustrator whose fanciful posters are inspired by Japanese mythology, anime, video games, and pop culture. David Gootnick creates lacy and delicate designs out of wood using an ancient Japanese artform called Kumiko. And Yoshiko Ratliff’s

paintings are bold, but intricately detailed representations of Japanese characters and Kimonos.

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David Gootnick, Purpose (detail), wood (Alaskan cedar and Osage) on cloth, 32” x 14”

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