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Washi Transformed
Washi Transformed
Washi Transformed
Washi Transformed
Washi Transformed
Washi Transformed
Washi Transformed
Washi Transformed
Washi Transformed
Washi Transformed

Washi Transformed

New Expressions in Japanese Paper

By (author) Meher McArthur
By (author) Hollis Goodall
Edited by Zachary Marschall


  • The first book to explore washi as a medium for contemporary art
  • The book reveals the contemporary possibilities - as well as the time-honored essence - of a cultural tradition that has been deeply connected with art and life in Japan for more than a millennium
  • Collectively, the photographs represent a new concept of washi as they have never been published together before. The book also features previously unpublished photographs of new works by Yuko Nishimura and Ayomi Yoshida
  • The publication features photographs by Kyoko Ibe, one of the pioneers of contemporary washi that makes the traditional new
Full Description

Historically, washi paper has been used as a base for Japanese calligraphy, painting, and printmaking as well as a material in architecture, religious ritual and clothing. In recent years, contemporary Japanese artists have turned this supple yet sturdy paper into a medium for expressing their artistic vision – layering, weaving, dyeing, shredding, folding, or cutting the paper to form abstract sculptures, lyrical folding screens, highly textured wall pieces, and dramatic installations. This elegantly designed volume examines the extraordinary creations of these diverse contemporary artists from Japan, France, and the United States. The publication also demonstrates the resilience, versatility, and unique stature of this ancient artistic medium in the realm of international contemporary art.

Published to accompany a traveling exhibition:
Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA October 10, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Longmont Museum, Longmont, CO January 28, 2022 – May 15, 2022
D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield Museums, Springfield, MA June 11, 2022 – September 4, 2022
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach, FL November 3, 2022 – April 2, 2023

About the Author
Meher McArthur is an Asian art historian specializing in Japanese art, and is Art and Cultural Director for Japan House, Los Angeles. Her exhibitions include Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami and Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami Art, both with IA&A and with accompanying publications. Her other books include Gods and Goblins: Japanese Folk Paintings from Otsu (1999), Reading Buddhist Art (2002), The Arts of Asia (2005), and the Getty Museum children's book, An ABC of What Art Can Be (2010).
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Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers Ltd
18th May 2021
Paperback / softback
USA & Canada
9.02 in x 9.02 in
96 Pages
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