Flash (Ogyo Ichishima, Laquerware), 1996
The Japan Foundation, Toronto
Contemporary Japanese Crafts
11 - 131 Bloor Street West (Suite 213)
In modern times, Japanese crafts have retained traditional forms while allowing for the expression
of the artist’s individual temperament.
Some artisans adhere to a traditional artistic view, while others incorporate ideas from the West,
such as Art Deco and Constructivism. Some emphasize practical functionality, while others seek to express
new artistic concepts in concrete form, or to re-examine the meaning of the materials themselves.
This exhibit identifies several themes in contemporary Japanese crafts and presents representative
works, including lacquerware, porcelain, wood, glassware and ceramics.
Works are grouped according to the following themes:
Ostentation, Quiet Refinement, Crispness, Fine Details,
Deformation, Flowers and Birds.