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Hard Bodies : Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture, Hardback Book

Hard Bodies : Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture Hardback


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.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 176 pages, 100 color plates
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: General arts
  • ISBN: 9781517904173



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