Kazari: Decoration and Display in Japan, 15th-19th Centuries

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This sumptuous volume, published to accompany a major exhibition at Japan Society Gallery in New York and the British Museum in London, focuses on the decorative aspects of traditional objects arranged in specific architectural contexts. The concept of kazari, "the will to decorate," embodies the interplay between objects and settings in a dynamic process that stimulates both the visual and intellectual senses. With superb examples of decorative and fine art objects from important international collections and ...
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Overview

This sumptuous volume, published to accompany a major exhibition at Japan Society Gallery in New York and the British Museum in London, focuses on the decorative aspects of traditional objects arranged in specific architectural contexts. The concept of kazari, "the will to decorate," embodies the interplay between objects and settings in a dynamic process that stimulates both the visual and intellectual senses. With superb examples of decorative and fine art objects from important international collections and writings by leading scholars in the field, the book will make a significant contribution to the appreciation and understanding of Japanese art and design.

Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere is Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, Norwich, England, and London.

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Library Journal
Are you bored with Bauhaus? Does the sterility of modern architecture depress you? This catalog of an exhibition in New York City and London (British Museum, through April 13, 2003) is the perfect antidote. The Japanese have developed a distinctive aesthetic over the last 1000 years as a way of transmitting cultural values, most visibly manifested in the creation, decoration, and veneration of objects. Kazari can be defined as the act of decorating or displaying, but that doesn't begin to explain its broader ramifications. It is meant to invite the participation of the viewer by evoking emotional responses based on a shared set of cultural cues embedded in the pattern of a kimono, the shape of a ceramic vessel, the luster of a lacquer tray, etc. By examining the visually stunning photos of metalwork, ceramics, fabric, and screens from various international collections and reading the clear informative text, we can begin to understand the fascinating interplay in Japan between physical objects and abstract cultural precepts. Edited by Rousmaniere (director, Sainsbury Inst. for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, England), this beautiful and readable catalog is appropriate for all libraries.-David McClelland, Philadelphia Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810967489
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.32 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Principal Sponsor's Preface 6
Preface 7
Acknowledgements 8
Editor's Preface and Acknowledgements 10
Patron's Message 12
Lenders to the Exhibition 12
Notes to the Reader 13
Chronology 13
Foreword: On Kazari 14
Arts of Kazari: Japan on Display 20
Reception Room Display in Medieval Japan 32
'Twisted' Poses: The Kabuku Aesthetic in Early Edo Genre Painting 42
Women's Kosode and Social Status 50
Decorating Spaces in Later Edo Japan 56
'Flowers of Yoshiwara': Iconography of the Courtesan in the Late Edo Period 64
Concepts of 'Decoration' in Early Modern Japan: Soshoku and Kazari 74
Catalogue 86
Bibliography 296
Index and Glossary 301
Photographic Credits 304
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