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Lecture: Grass Poets—Japanese Bamboo Art, 1900-40

November 16, 2017
6:00PM7:00PM
Nichols Board of Trustees Suite
Free

For the annual Trapp lecture on Japanese art, Joe Earle will describe the evolution of Japanese basketry from its origins in Chinese tea-drinking to its elevation as a major creative form during the first half of the 20th century, illustrating how three outstanding artists—Hayakawa Shōkosai III, Tanabe Chikuunsai I, and Iizuka Rōkansai—freed woven bamboo from its intricate, formalist origins and converted it into a subtle and poetic artistic medium.

Joe Earle is the senior consultant for the Japanese Art Department in Bonham’s, London. He was previously the chair of the Department of Asia, Oceania, and Africa and the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston; the vice-president of the Japan Society, New York; and the director of the Japan Society Gallery.

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Hayakawa Shōkosai III. Handled Flower Basket, 1911. Box inscription by Sakata Shūken (1869–1928), leader of the Kagetsuan School of tea Naej Collection.