The Influence of Japanese Art on Design
This stunning book explores the story of Japan as the catalyst of modern design in the Gilded Age. Author Hannah Sigur juxtaposes glass, silver and metal arts, ceramics, textiles, furniture, jewelry, advertising, and packaging with a spectrum of Japanese materials ranging from one-of-a-kind art crafts to mass-produced ephemera, showing the ways that Japanese arts and ideas about Japan changed the world.
The "Japan Craze" came at a time of radical change in society. Western culture was yearning for the values of a past it believed were embodied in Japanese traditional arts, and Japan felt the demand for modernity it saw embodied in the West. During this time, both traditional arts and modern manufactures from Japan became the focus of an international coterie of artists, dealers, and thinkers who proselytized Japanese aesthetics as a model.
In elegant prose and with more than 200 photographs in this beautifully illustrated book, Hannah Sigur examines motifs, materials, and methods of the influence of Japanese art on design, and follows the transformation from traditionalism into modernism that marked the developments from the Aesthetic movement into Arts and Crafts and finally to Frank Lloyd Wright's vision, showing how that model transformed design and concept.
Hannah Sigur is an art historian and writer on the arts of Japan with seven years' residence and study in East and Southeast Asia. An adjunct professor, she teaches a wide range of courses at San Francisco State University, University of California-Davis, and elsewhere, and has lectured at major museums and antiques fairs across the country from New York to California, on Asian arts, American decorative arts, and contemporary floral design.
Her writings include co-authoring A Master Guide to the Art of Floral Design (Timber Press, 2002), which is listed in "The Best Books of 2002" by The Christian Science Monitor. She lives in Berkeley with her husband.
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