Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture

Hard Bodies

Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture

Paperback
Pub. price: $39.95

ISBN10: 151790417X ISBN13: 9781517904173 Publisher: Minneapolis Inst of Arts Published: Oct 3 2017 Pages: 176 Weight: 2.28lbs. Height: 12.25" Width: 9.00" Depth: 0.75" Language: English

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Since the Neolithic era, artisans in East Asia have coated bowls, cups, boxes, baskets, and other utilitarian objects with a natural polymer distilled from the sap of the Rhus verniciflua, known as the lacquer tree. Lacquerware was, and still is, prized for its sheen--a lustrous beauty that artists learned to accentuate over the centuries with inlaid gold, silver, mother-of-pearl, and other precious materials.

This tradition has undergone challenges over the past thirty years. A small but enterprising circle of lacquer artists has pushed the medium in entirely new and dynamic directions by creating large-scale sculptures--works that are both conceptually innovative and superbly exploitive of lacquer's natural virtues.

Featuring thirty works by sixteen artists, this handsome publication details the first-ever exhibition of contemporary Japanese lacquer sculpture in the United States, shown at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

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