Serizawa: Master of Japanese Textile Design (Paperback)

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Serizawa: Master of Japanese Textile Design (Paperback)

By Joe Earle (Editor), Kim Brandt (Contributions by), Matthew Fraleigh (Contributions by), Shukuko Hamada (Contributions by), Terry Satsuki Milhaupt (Contributions by), Hiroshi Mizuo (Contributions by), Amanda Meyer Stinchecum (Contributions by)


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Designated a Living National Treasure in 1956, Serizawa Keisuke (1895–1984) was one of the greatest artists of 20th-century Japan. This is the first book in English to trace Serizawa's artistic biography in detail using the finest examples of his work from leading Japanese collections.


A major exponent of the mingei (people’s crafts) movement, Serizawa achieved fame as a textile designer using traditional stencil-dyeing techniques and often working in large-scale formats such as folding screens or kimonos. The stunning works in this catalogue are important not only for the originality of their conception, but also for the variety of their materials: cotton, silk, hemp and a range of other fibers, and paper decorated with the brilliant yet warm hues of vegetable dyes. Dramatic in design, Serizawa’s textiles have an expressive power that far transcends expectations of a “craft” medium.

Joe Earle is vice president and director of the gallery at Japan Society in New York City. He is the author of New Bamboo: Contemporary Japanese Masters and Buriki: Japanese Tin Toys from the Golden Age of the American Automobile.

Product Details ISBN: 9780300150476
ISBN-10: 0300150474
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: October 20th, 2009
Pages: 144
Language: English