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Soetsu Yanagi: selected essays on Japanese folk crafts

By: Yanagi, Soetsu.
Contributor(s): Brase, Michael [Translator] | The Japan Folk Crafts Museum.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Japan library. Publisher: Tokyo Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture(JPIC) 2017Description: 245 p.: col. ill.ISBN: 9784916055750.Subject(s): Japan | Decorative arts | Folk art | Yanagi, Muneyoshi, 1889-1961 | Aesthetics | Art objects - Collectors and collectingDDC classification: 745.0952 Summary: Sixteen incisive essays by Soetsu Yanagi, founder of the Japanese folk craft movement and author of The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight into Beauty. Sixty-four full-color pages devoted to textiles, ceramics, wood and lacquer, metal, sculpture, and pictorial art. The common utilitarian objects depicted in this book were considered aesthetically insignificant until the appearance of Soetsu Yanagi. It was Yanagi who discovered the beauty that could only be produced by simple, humble craftsmen repeatedly and unselfconsciously working on the same objects day after day. From this quotidian world emerged a distinctive beauty wholesome, free, and devoid of self-awareness. To bring these crafts to the notice of the world, Yanagi established the Japan Folk Crafts Museum in 1936, from whose collection the objects illustrated herein have been chosen for inclusion by the publisher. In the essays, Yanagi expounds his philosophy of folk crafts and highlights particular pieces. Altogether, the book constitutes a penetrating insight into the world of Japanese handicrafts. https://japanlibrary.jpic.or.jp/books/published/artanddesign/001824.html
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The essays appearing in this book were selected from Yanagi Soetsu korekushon 2: mono (Chikuma Shobo; chapters 2-7, 10-14) and Mingei yonju-nen (Iwanami Shoten; chapters 1, 8, 9, 15, 16)

Table of content

Textiles
Ceramics
Wood and lacquer
Metal
Sculpture
Pictorial art
What is folk craft?
The beauty of miscellaneous things
A painted Karatsu as food for thought
What is pattern?
Okinawa's Bashofu
The beauty of Kasuri
The characteristics of Kogin
The Japanese perspective
The story behind the discovery of Mokujiki
Woodblock prints
Otsu-e
Handicrafts and sesshu
Washi
Seeing and knowing
A letter to my Korean friends
The Japan Folk Crafts Museum

Sixteen incisive essays by Soetsu Yanagi, founder of the Japanese folk craft movement and author of The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight into Beauty.
Sixty-four full-color pages devoted to textiles, ceramics, wood and lacquer, metal, sculpture, and pictorial art.
The common utilitarian objects depicted in this book were considered aesthetically insignificant until the appearance of Soetsu Yanagi. It was Yanagi who discovered the beauty that could only be produced by simple, humble craftsmen repeatedly and unselfconsciously working on the same objects day after day. From this quotidian world emerged a distinctive beauty wholesome, free, and devoid of self-awareness. To bring these crafts to the notice of the world, Yanagi established the Japan Folk Crafts Museum in 1936, from whose collection the objects illustrated herein have been chosen for inclusion by the publisher. In the essays, Yanagi expounds his philosophy of folk crafts and highlights particular pieces. Altogether, the book constitutes a penetrating insight into the world of Japanese handicrafts.

https://japanlibrary.jpic.or.jp/books/published/artanddesign/001824.html

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