If there’s one thing that Japan’s hundreds of regional public museums have in common, it’s a dedication to promoting their local artists. If you happen to live in the area in question, such “local artist shows” can be a lot of fun. The shared experience of place provides a ready-made entree into the artworks on show. If you’re from out of town, however, you find yourself reminded of that fact, constantly.

Printer and mixed-media artist Noriko Yanagisawa’s current exhibition at the Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art is part of the institution’s “art in Shizuoka” series. In other words, it’s a celebration of a local artist. Nevertheless, this show’s appeal is not limited to those from the sprawling prefecture that occupies much of the land between Tokyo and Nagoya.

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