Jun’ichirō Tanizaki’s seminal text, In Praise of Shadows (1933), discusses Eastern, specifically Japanese, ideals of beauty. Contrary to the Western framework of thinking, Japanese aesthetics favors the in-between, typically discarded or overlooked places of beauty: the grey shadows, the tea ceremony, and even a toilet seat. By looking at examples of Japanese fine and decorative arts, we will discuss Tanizaki’s major ideas concerning Eastern Aesthetics and then apply his understanding to the works in the VMFA permanent collection.
Read more at https://www.vmfa.museum/statewide/programs/japanese-aesthetics/#xJ583U9iF4yzeb47.99
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All VMFA presentations have been organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and are supported, in part, by the Paul Mellon Endowment and the Jean Stafford Camp Memorial Fund.