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Past Event

Saturday University: The Japanese Basket 1845–1958

Mar 9 2019

Seattle Art Museum

Plestcheeff Auditorium

10 AM – 11:30 AM

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The Japanese Basket 1845–1958: Mirror of Modernity
Joe Earle, formerly of the Japan Society Gallery

For thousands of years, Japanese farmers and artisans have plaited tropical woody grasses of the bamboo family into practical containers. Earle will trace the beginnings of bamboo basketry as an art form in sencha tea-drinking. This bamboo art then developed through lineages of basket-weavers in the Tokyo area and in the Kyoto/Osaka area.

Works by individual masters will show how they extended the potential of Chinese-style basketry, broadened the expressive potential of bamboo, and gradually shaped a distinctively Japanese idiom. The innovative work of these masters helped pave the way for the extraordinary and varied achievements of Iizuka Rokansai (1890–1958), widely regarded as the greatest of all bamboo artists.

About the Presenter

Joe Earle was Director of Japan Society Gallery in New York until 2012 and has held leadership positions in Asian art departments at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He is now based in London, and has recently completed a catalogue of 323 works of Japanese bamboo art in the Naej Collection.

Please note: South Hall doors open at 9:30 am.


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The Japanese Basket 1845–1958: Mirror of Modernity



Full series tickets: $73; SAM members $39
SAVE: winter and spring series: $120; SAM members $62
Individual lecture tickets available at the door: $11, SAM members $6; free at the door for students with ID
Please arrive to your seat 10 minutes before the program starts, or your seat may be released.

Image: "Moonflower Gourd" Handled Flower Basket, Iizuka Rokansai, 1890–1958, ca. 1930, 19 1/8 x 6 5/8 x 6 3/8 in., © 2018 Naej Collection.

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