Retrospective Exhibition of Shoji Hamada

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Retrospective Exhibition of Shoji Hamada, National Living Treasureof Japan.
Difficult to find, published in 1977 by The National Museum Of
Modern Art, Tokyo. This retrospective occured during Hamada's last
year of life, so the works in the show were personally chosen by
Hamada himself. In our opinion, it contains the best examples of
his work.
29 color plates and over 200 black and white images. Bilingual list
of plates. Five page catalog essay in Japanese and English. A four
page technical essay and bibliography in Japanese. Slight musty smell
and only.slight discoloration on a couple of non-image pages. Small
crease on lower right cover.
Shoji Hamada introduces his retrospective:
"My work found a path to follow in Kyoto, began in England,
learned much in Okinawa, and has matured in Mashiko. The
National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo has been kind enough on
this occasion to select a large number of pieces from my sixty years
of work and to display them in this retrospective exhibition. These
works are representative of various periods, as has previously been
mentioned. I feel deeply moved and am grateful to have been given
such an opportunity while still alive.
I have been blessed with senior advisors and friends such as
Hazan Itaya, Muneyoshi Yanagi, Kenkichi Tomimoto, Kanjiro
Kawai, and Bernard Leach, and have been encouraged and led by
their friendship up to this day I would like all of them to see my
retrospective exhibit, but unfortunately only Mr. Leach is still here
in this world. Once more I cannot help but feel the flow of time.
Half a century has passed since the end of the Taisho Era when
Muneyoshi Yanagi and others coined a new term, "Mingei", or,
"Folk Craft". Nevertheless, when I consider the present state of
"Mingei", I cannot merely rest at ease. I hope to henceforth
continue to tread my own path into the future, so long as I have
sufflcient strength to do so." --Shoji Hamada
I finished a 3 year apprenticeship with Tatsuzo Shimaoka in 2003
and set up a kiln and studio in Mashiko and worked there for an
additional 5 years. We moved back to Minneapolis several years ago.
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