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Master of Japanese Textile Design

Edited by Joe Earle; With contributions by Kim Brandt, Matthew Fraleigh, Shukuko Hamada, Terry Satsuki Milhaupt, Hiroshi Mizuo, and Amanda Mayer Stinchecum

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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.

Published in association with the Japan Society

Exhibition Schedule:

Japan Society Gallery, New York (10/2/09 – 1/10/10) 

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.


Japan Society Gallery, New York (10/2/09 – 1/10/10) 

". . . this book on the design of Serizawa Keisuke features hundreds of colorful photos and illustrations. . . . In addition to the images, a slew of writers have contributed essays on Serizawa, his processes and his influence, giving the book an aesthetic edge and making it an interesting read." —City Arts
ISBN: 9780300150476
Publication Date: October 20, 2009
Publishing Partner: Published in association with the Japan Society
144 pages, 10 x 9.5
145 color illus.

Japanese Tin Toys from the Golden Age of the American Automobile: The Yoku Tanaka Collection

Joe Earle

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