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  • Collection: Forging Alliances

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Forging Alliances installation view with Oliver Statler, Modern Japanese Prints: An Art Reborn open to illustration of Staring by Kiyoshi Saitō, 1950; and James Michener, The Modern Japanese Print: An Appreciation open to illustration of Listening…

The Japanese tea ceremony, or Chanoyu, is the highly choreographed ritual of preparing, serving and drinking a powdered green tea called macha. Although the origins of the tea ceremony date to the Muromachi period (1337–1573), what we now recognize…

The word sumi means ink. Sumi painting, also known as ink wash or literati painting, is considered one of the most prestigious forms of East Asian art. It originated in China during the Tang Dynasty (618–907 AD) and has its roots in Zen Buddhism.…

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When the jury of an international art fair in Sao Paolo, Brazil, awarded Kiyoshi Saitō first prize for Japanese art at in 1951, the honor recognized the accomplishment of the sōsaku hanga (creative prints) movement in changing perceptions of…

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This print exemplifies the collage-like style of this artist, who was best known for his sculpture. In addition to the variety of shapes present in the work, Mizufune uses an assortment of different woodblock textures to create the playful aesthetic…

Onda is an isolated pottery village in the mountains of North Central Kyushu near the city of Hita. The village was established in 1705, when Yanase San’uemon found an abundance of stoneware clay, which he and his family used to craft ceramics that…

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Iwashita was born in Tokyo, where he studied at the Tama Imperial Art School (now the Tama Art University). Like Sadao Watanabe, whose art his resembles, Iwashita made a name for himself as a textile dyer, specializing in stencils. He brought that…
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