Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan
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This title, published to coincide with an exhibition at the British Museum, presents some of the best art-crafts to have been produced in Japan over the last fifty years.
Japan has a long tradition of superb art-craft skills in many media - ceramics, textiles, lacquerware, metals, wood and bamboo, dolls, cut gold-leaf inlay, glass, cloissone. Indeed, the respect for the beauty of the objects created, the materials and techniques, is embedded in Japanese social attitudes and culture.
The pieces illustrated also represent the finest examples submitted to the annual Japan Art Crafts Association exhibition since its inauguration in 1954 - an open, competitive exhibition that has become the major showcase for modern decorative arts.
A number of the artists featured are 'Living National Treasures': the holders of special craft skills, as designated by the Japanese government. Some of the works are traditional in form or function; others are infused with modern beauty.
Product code: cmc24483
Price category: £10 to £25
World culture: Japan
Title: Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan
Author: Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere (Editor)
Number of pages: 240
llustrations: 150 colour and 110 b/w
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