Kogei 2020 - The Art Of Crafting Beauty From Nature

Publisher Seigensha

ISBN 9784861528101

Idea Code 20523

This exhibition catalogue presents more than 80 works by artists specialising in traditional Japanese handicraft, or ‘kōgei’. Examples range from objects for everyday use to innovative contemporary artworks. Kōgei art is produced by independent studio artists using traditional craft materials and processes, working in close conformity with nature. One of its most fundamental characteristics is “function”, but with the influence of Western aesthetics and art theory during the Meiji period, objects with a practical use came to be seen as merely utility items. In the 20th century, this attitude transformed into a broader appreciation for the artistic value of kōgei in Japanese culture.

160 p, ills colour, 19 x 26 cm, pb, Japanese/English


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