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Author Yanagi, Muneyoshi, 1889-1961, author.

Title The beauty of everyday things / Soetsu Yanagi ; translated by Michael Brase.

Publication Info. London : Penguin Books, 2018.
Location Call No. Status
 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  745.0952 YAN    AVAILABLE
 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  745.0952 YAN    AVAILABLE
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Description 346 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
Series Penguin classics.
Note The essays appearing in this book were selected from Yanagi Soetsu korekushon 2: mono (Chikuma Shobo; chapters 2-7, 10-14) and Mingei yonju-nen (Iwanami Shoten; chapters 1, 8, 9, 15, 16) -- Title page verso.
Contents What is folk craft? -- The beauty of miscellaneous things -- A painted Karatsu as food for thought -- What is pattern? -- Okinawa's Bashofu -- The beauty of Kasuri -- The characteristics of Kogin -- The Japanese perspective -- The story behind the discovery of Mokujiki -- Woodblock prints -- Otsu-e -- Handicrafts and Sesshu -- Washi -- Seeing and knowing -- A letter to my Korean friends -- The Japan Folk Crafts Museum
Summary "The common utilitarian objects depicted in this book were considered aesthetically insignificant until the appearance of Soetsu Yanagi. It was Yanagi who discovered the beauty that could only be produced by simple, humble craftsmen repeatedly and unselfconsciously working on the same objects day after day. From this quotidian world emerged a distinctive beauty - wholesome, free, and devoid of self-awareness. To bring these crafts to the notice of the world, Yanagi established the Japan Folk Crafts Museum in 1936, from whose collection the objects illustrated herein have been chosen for inclusion by the publisher. In the essays, Yanagi expounds his philosophy of folk crafts and highlights particular pieces. Altogether, the book constitutes a penetrating insight into the world of Japanese handicrafts"
Subject Yanagi, Muneyoshi, 1889-1961 -- Aesthetics.
Art objects -- Collectors and collecting -- Japan.
Decorative arts -- Japan.
Folk art -- Japan.
Added Author Brase, Michael, translator.
ISBN 9780241366356 paperback
0241366356 paperback
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