8. Araki Nobuyoshi(Editions Gallimard / Musée national des arts asiatiques – Guimet)
This exhibition catalogue is one of the better foreign-printed Araki books of the past decade. The selection of work from Araki’s many series is well done and in many instances, uncropped or unencumbered by the gutters of the books the pictures originally appeared in. In addition to putting Araki’s Theater Of Love series from the 1960s into print for the second time, it also includes essays comparing the themes of the photographer’s work with early Japanese photographic history (image 3).
The only downside for a guy like me who suddenly wishes he paid more attention in his high school French class is that they are all written in, well, French. An English translation would have been great but the pictures shown speak for themselves.
“Le danse de formes – Textiles de Samiro Yunoki is showing at Musée national des arts asiatiques – Guimet, Paris to 12 January 2015. Samiro Yunoki was born in 1922 to a family of artists. His strikingly modern works are steeped in Japanese tradition and demonstrate a mastery of the stencil dyeing technique, katazome which can be literally translated as ‘dyeing from a form’. This skill was taught to Yonoki by the legendary dyeing artist, Keisuke Serizawa (1895 – 1984) whom he studied under in the 1960s, having had his interest in Mingei craft sparked whilst working at the OharaMuseum in Kurashiki in the 1940s. The Mingei folk craft movement was advocated by Soetsu Yanagi, his work was often exhibited at the gallery where Yunoki worked, alongside that of his friends Kanjiro Kawai, Shoji Hamada and Bernard Leach.”