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A special exhibition focusing on pencil works, “The Power of Pencil” features the drawings of Susumu Kinoshita and Toshio Yoshimura. Both artists focus on portraits for this show, though each produces very different works. Kinoshita illustrates models, capturing their lives through the careful observation of body features, while Yoshimura focuses on self-portraits drawn on newspaper pages, thus also commenting on social issues.

There may be many similarities in style and presentation, but the contexts are far apart — an illustration of the versatility of one simple medium; Dec. 6-Feb. 8.

Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto; 2-3 Kamitori-cho, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto. Kumamoto Stn. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Tue. 096-278-7500; www.camk.or.jp/english

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