Lacquer

In the hands of a master craftsman, urushi (lacquer), a thick, viscous, ugly and intractable sap, is transformed. This metamorphosis is not accidental – although much of it is secret – but the result of painstaking hours of meticulous human endeavour. …
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Glass

“But glass remained basically foreign to the Japanese, something that had no roots in indigenous culture. So only artists prepared to take risks used it, artists with a decidedly Western orientation – in other words, those who were notably open-minded …
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The Other Side of Light : Tea and Butoh in Brisbane

Hosted by TAASA Brisbane founder member Dr James MacKean, gallery manager and sake professional Byron Kehoe and Ueda Soko tea master Adam Wojczinski introduced the culture of Japanese sake, tea and Butoh to a group of some 30 Asian art …
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Unryuan : Hitting the High Notes

Inro by Unryuan Kitamura Tatsuo. Image courtesy of Bonhams London Contemporary lacquer master Unryuan Kitamura Tatsuo is making a serious mark on the secondary market. Early works by this artist, internationally represented by LKG, have achieved remarkable results at London …
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Meet Me at the Met : Asia Week New York 2014

The growing significance of Asia Week New York is attested to by the opening party being held this year in the hallowed halls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In a further testament to the fertile collaboration in America amongst …
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