Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture
[Gallery Lecture] March 18, 11 AM
The toxic sap from the lacquer tree has been used to make objects resilient and beautiful in East Asia for several thousand years. Until the modern period, lacquer was principally used for articles of daily or ceremonial use, such as wine vessels and document cases. In the early 1950s, artists revolutionized this utilitarian tradition by creating the first sculptures made from lacquer. Join Andreas Marks, Curator and Department Head, Japanese and Korean Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, as he discusses a small but enterprising circle of artists, all born since 1959, who have pushed the medium in entirely new directions.