The Art of Impermanence
Japanese Works from the John C Weber Collection and Mr & Mrs John D Rockefeller
- A thematic exhibition that explores different facets of the notion of impermanence in Japanese art, the tea ceremony, and Buddhism
- Features work from the permanent collection of Asia Society (the Rockefeller Collection) and one of the main private collections of Japanese art in the United States (the John C. Weber Collection)
- Features many previously unseen artworks
This catalogue presents masterpieces of calligraphy, painting, sculpture, ceramics, lacquers, and textiles from two of America's greatest Japanese art collections, which are featured in a landmark exhibition at the Asia Society in New York, from February to April, 2020. Impermanence is a pervasive subject in Japanese philosophy and art, and recognising the role of ephemerality is key to appreciating much of Japan's artistic production. The dazzling range of art and objects in this beautifully photographed exhibition catalogue show the broad, yet nuanced, ways that the notion of the ephemeral manifests itself in the arts of Japan throughout history. Insightful contributions from noted scholars explore the aesthetics of impermanence in religion, literature, artefacts, the tea ceremony, and popular culture in objects dating from the late Jomon period (ca. 1000-300 B.C.E.) to the 20th century.
Contents: The Art of the Ephemeral; Works in the Exhibition: I. Retrieving Lost Worlds; II. Buddhism: Perpetual Impermanence; III. Tea: Choreographed Ephemerality; IV. Transforming Impermanence into Art.
Published to accompany an exhibition at the Asia Society Museum, New York, between 11 February and 26 April 2020.
- Officina Libraria
- 15th Jan 2020
- 305 mm x 230 mm
- 208 Pages
- 106 color, 1 b&w