320 pages, 9 x 12
458 colour illustrations
Shaping Art and Culture 1920-1945
Edited by Kendall H. Brown
University of Washington Press, Arts Services International
Deco Japan introduces Japanese art in the art deco stylethrough nearly two hundred works of metal, ceramics, lacquer, glass,furniture, textiles, painting, prints, and graphic design. Whileexhibiting spectacular craftsmanship and sophisticated design, theseworks convey the complex social and cultural tensions in Japan duringthe Taisho and early Showa epochs (1912-1945). Including essays by aninternational team of a dozen scholars, this book investigates howJapanese deco signaled the nation’s unique history andcosmopolitanism. The era’s diverse vitality is expressed in itsmost ubiquitous subjects – the moga, or modern girl, the emblemof contemporary urban chic, and nationalist icons including dragons,phoenixes, and heavenly lions. Signaling the expanding realms ofartistic creation and consumption, the objects here range from fine artobjects made to impress the public at national art exhibitions to goodsmass produced for the modern home.
Kendall Brown is associate professor of Asian arthistory at California State University, Long Beach, and author ofTaisho Chic and Between Two Worlds.
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