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Isamu Noguchi and modern Japanese ceramics : a close embrace of the earth

Author: 新見, 隆, ; Louise Allison Cort; Bert Winther-Tamaki; Bruce Altshuler; Ryū Niimi
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution ; Berkeley : University of California Press, 2003.
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"In Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics scholars illuminate the overlooked zone of interaction between conceptions of art and craft by focusing on the work of ceramic artists who believed themselves centrally engaged with modernism, surrealism, and other issues of concern to an international art world. Bert Winther-Tamaki considers issues of identity that shaped Noguchi's "embrace" of the Japanese earth as a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Exhibitions
Named Person: Isamu Noguchi; Isamu Noguchi; Isamu Noguchi
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: 新見, 隆, ; Louise Allison Cort; Bert Winther-Tamaki; Bruce Altshuler; Ryū Niimi
ISBN: 0520239237 9780520239234
OCLC Number: 50684180
Notes: Published on the occasion of an exhibition organized by the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Description: 219 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Contents: The ceramic art of Isamu Noguchi : a close embrace of the Earth / Bert Winther-Tamaki --
The modern primitive : discourses of the visual arts in Japan in the 1950s / Niimi Ryū --
Japanese encounters with clay / Louise Allison Cort --
"Once an Oriental always an Oriental" : the American display and reception of Noguchi's ceramics / Bruce Altshuler.
Responsibility: Louise Allison Cort, Bert Winther-Tamaki ; contributions by Bruce Altshuler, Niimi Ryu.
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"In Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics scholars illuminate the overlooked zone of interaction between conceptions of art and craft by focusing on the work of ceramic artists who believed themselves centrally engaged with modernism, surrealism, and other issues of concern to an international art world. Bert Winther-Tamaki considers issues of identity that shaped Noguchi's "embrace" of the Japanese earth as a medium of modern sculpture and design. An essay by Niimi Ryu examines the broader discursive milieu of Japanese ceramics in the early postwar years. Louise Allison Cort focuses on postwar Japanese ceramic artists ranging from traditionalists such as Kitaoji Rosanjin and the "Living National Treasure" designates, to primitivists exemplified by Okamoto Taro and Tsuji Shindo, to avant-garde experimentalists led by the Sodeisha group. Bruce Altshuler's essay reviews the ways in which the American reception of Noguchi's ceramic work displayed particular attitudes toward art-making and national identity. Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics will appeal to scholars, contemporary sculpture enthusiasts, and all those interested in Japanese ceramics and sculpture."--Jacket.

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