The Genius of Japanese Lacquer

The Genius of Japanese Masterworks by Shibata Zeshin

This exhibition featuring lacquer wares, lacquer paintings and ink paintings by Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), the greatest of all Japanese lacquerers, is the most comprehensive presentation of his work in more than 100 years.

Art Exhibition previously on at Japan Society Gallery in New York, United States.
From Friday 28 March 2008 to Sunday 15 June 2008

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Published by anonymous on Monday 12 November 2007.
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Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) was the greatest of all lacquer artists. He brought this most quintessentially Japanese means of visual expression to unmatched levels of technical refinement through a combination of rigorous discipline, constant self-education, and bold innovation, inventing techniques that no subsequent artist has succeeded in emulating. The core of this exhibition is drawn from the Catherine and Thomas Edson collection of lacquer wares, paintings, and lacquer paintings (Zeshin’s most groundbreaking contribution to the development of Japanese art). The Genius of Japanese Lacquer comes to New York after touring to San Antonio and Minneapolis. Newly-appointed Gallery Director Joe Earle has added works to the original exhibition curated by Martha Blackwelder, expanding the show to be presented at Japan Society with a further selection of key masterpieces borrowed from the Khalili Collection, and leading private collections in the U.S. and Japan. Organized by the San Antonio Museum of Art and Japan Society; catalogue written by Sebastian Izzard with introduction by Earle.


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