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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

5.05.2012

Rinpa Style

[Detail: Persimmon Tree, Edo period (1615–1868), late autumn 1816 
Sakai Hoitsu (Japanese, 1761–1828) 
Two-panel screen; ink and color on paper 

I'm guessing many of you plan to see Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, opening at The Met May 10 and continuing through the summer. If you're there on or after May 26, be sure to also look at Designing Nature: The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art. With its emphasis on highly stylized depictions of flowering trees and waves, I think the show will really appeal to textile designers. Although, textiles are just one of the many applied and pictorial arts included in the exhibition, in addition to lacquerware, ceramics, block-printed books, and painted screens.

As the museum explains, Rinpa-style works are typically distinguished by simplified-yet-bold interpretations of natural motifs, lux mineral and metallic pigments, and calligraphic imagery.

 [Poster image for The Met's upcoming exhibition: Ellsworth Kelly (American, b. 1923). Wild Grape, 1961. Ink on paper; 22 1/2 x 28 1/2 in. (57.2 x 72.4 cm). Private collection.]

And the nature loving continues with another big Met summer show, the Ellsworth Kelly exhibition previously mentioned here.

2 comments:

Emile de Bruijn said...

I love those Rinpa trees, with their Art Deco trunks and frottage bark - consciously inverting cause and effect there, of course :)

Style Court said...

Emile -- I thought of you when I first read about the show. With your knowledge of Asian art and Japanese aesthetics, it's right up your alley.