Tag Archives: Japanese art

Book Announcement: Hokusai’s Great Wave: Biography of a Global Icon

Via University of Hawai’i Press. Author: Guth, Christine 272pp. January 2015 Paper – Regular Price: $20.00 On Sale For: $15.00 ISBN: 978-0-8248-3960-4 Cloth – Regular Price: $57.00 On Sale For: $42.75 ISBN: 978-0-8248-3959-8 Categories: art, art & visual culture, Japan … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Spinning tops

As many long-time followers know, a colleague and I have been working on a digital archive related to 江戸独楽 (Edo goma), or Edo-style spinning tops. Hand-crafted tops are thought to have a history in Japan dating back to at least the … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Ikuta Niyoko’s Geometric Sculptures

In this week’s Fun Link, relax by looking at the intricate laminated glass sculptures of Ikuta Niyoko. I am captivated by the complexity of light as it reflects, refracts, and passes through broken cross sections of plate glass. In 1980 … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: the art of kintsugi

While many people might think of a broken bowl or cracked ceramic pieces as beyond repair and having lost their beauty as perfect objects, other see opportunity for a different kind of aesthetic. Colossal featured an article last year on kintsugi 金継ぎ, or “gold joinery,” which … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Japanese Design: Art, Aesthetics, and Culture

Japanese Design: Art, Aesthetics & Culture Patricia J. Graham What exactly is the singular attraction of Japanese design? And why does Japanese style speak so clearly to so many people all over the world? The Japanese sensibility often possesses an intuitive, … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Moku Hanga

The exhibit Moku Hanga: The Art of Japanese Woodblock Printing may have ended in August, but you can check out images and a great discussion of the woodblock-print pattern books on Hyperallergic. The items are displayed in just two glass … Continue reading

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Funding: Ukiyo-e Research Grant

Ota Memorial Museum of Art opens competition for one or two grant(s) up to 1 million yen for research on ukiyo-e. Deadline: October 31, 2014. http://www.ukiyoe-ota-muse.jp/H20josei-E.html <Purpose and Objects of Grant> Ukiyo-e developed independently of the existing Japanese art styles during the … Continue reading

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