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  • Collection: Forging Alliances

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Kanjiro Kawai was, along with Shoji Hamada (whose work is displayed in the ceramics gallery), a founder of the mingei (folk art) movement in Japan in the 1920s. He became famous for his glazes, applying innovative colors in ways that capture the…

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Hiroshi Yoshida made his reputation as an oil painter, following in the footsteps of his father, who taught western painting in the public schools. Between 1899 and 1900, Yoshida traveled to America and Europe to study Western art and to exhibit and…

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Published by Charles E. Tuttle Company, Tokyo and Rutland, VermontRaised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, James Michener was a high school English teacher who had just begun to work in scholastic publishing when, in 1943, he was called to active duty in…

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Number 28 from Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido. Sekino here depicts the village of Fukuroi, or “pouch-spring,” in Shizuoka Prefecture. Fukuroi and the surrounding areas are known for unbearable summer heat, making this stop on the Tokaido a…

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Number 26 from Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido.Like many Japanese printmakers, Sekino struggled with the competing claims of tradition and modernity in creating his identity as an artist. Trained in western techniques of landscape oil painting,…

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While in Japan, Beittel focused his study on the mingei (folk art) movement, which valued the work of individual craftsmen making functional objects representative of the region where they were produced. Beittel’s work shared these values. This…

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Published by John Weatherhill, Tokyo and New YorkHarrisburg native and Penn State professor of art education Kenneth Beittel built this region’s first stoneware kiln in 1954 (this kiln, along with another one constructed by Beittel, was located…

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While in Japan, Beittel focused his study on the mingei (folk art) movement, which valued the work of individual craftsmen making functional objects representative of the region where they were produced. Beittel’s work shared these values. This…

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A potter and professor of art education, Kenneth Beittel catalyzed Penn State’s engagement with post-war Japanese ceramics. With the help of Penn State agronomy professor Henry Fortmann, who had recently returned from Japan, Beittel arranged to use…

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Tokyo-born Ikezumi Kiyoshi received some formal training as an artist, and after World War II became a freelance woodblock printer. Rather than depicting the post-war present or recalling traditional Japanese print motifs, his unusual themes and…
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