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MINGEI: MASTERPIECES OF JAPANESE FOLKCRAFT. Burrell Collection, Glasgow, 1991. Japan Festival 1991. Organized by Glasgow Museums in association with Japan Folk Crafts Museum (Nippon Mingeikan), Tokyo. Published in association with Kodansha International Ltd., Tokyo. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Kodansha America, Inc., New York. 202 pp. with 182 ills. (175 col.) and 165 reference ills. 31 x 24 cm. ISBN 4770015828 In English.
Examining a movement that arose in 1920s Japan to preserve the country's folk art heritage and to revive interest among 20th-century artists in traditional techniques and aesthetics, this well-illustrated catalogue presents some 140 utilitarian ceramic vessels, textiles, lacquer pieces and metal utensils by anonymous craftsmen from the 16th to the 20th century along with works reflecting the mingei movement's principles by such modern artists as Shiko Munakata (1903-1975), Shoji Hamada (1894-1978), Kanjiro Kawai (1890-1966) and Bernard Leach (1887-1979). Four essays (one reprinted) discuss the rise of the movement as influenced by British Arts and Crafts ideals; the central role of collector and author Soetsu Yanagi (1889-1961) in promoting mingei values; the history of the Folk Crafts Museum; and the close relationship between function and aesthetics manifested in the featured objects.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Asia (Traditional) — Japan
Plans: 01,06,07,15,21
Worldwide Number: 023388
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