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[Text]tiles by SERIZAWA KEISUKE

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The catalogue for an exhibition of more than four hundred works by Serizawa Keisuke, one of Japan’s most famous textile designers. Serizawa also designed book covers, calendars, kimono and objets. Most of the works on display for this exhibition, held March 3 to May 8, 2016 at the National Museum of Modern Art’s Kôgeikan (Crafts Hall) are from the Kaneko Kazushige Collection recently donated to the museum. The Japanese title Serizawa Keisuke no Iroha refers to the artist’s use of characters from the Japanese hiragana syllabary as motifs in his designs. We came up with the title [Text]tiles to capture this allusion and were delighted to have it chosen for exhibition’s official title.

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Simple Forms シンプルカタチ

All art begins with simple forms, and simplicity itself can be exquisite. That was the message of this exhibition at the Mori Art Gallery in Roppongi Hills.

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Kusumi Morikage: From Adversity, a Gentle Gaze at Familiar Things

This catalogue for a 2015 Suntory Art Museum Exhibition is devoted to the work of an early Edo artist who “studied with Kano Tan’yu and was regarded as the most outstanding of his ‘big four’ students,” but moved to Kanazawa, where late in life he began painting scenes from peasant lives in a warm, lyrical style.

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SHUNGA, Aesthetics of Japanese Erotic Art

Sometimes the things we translate are very interesting. As the authors point out, a notable feature of Japanese erotic art is how happy the people depicted look.

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