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: 03/10/2017
- Category: General arts
- ISBN: 9781517904173