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Nobuyuki Tanaka, Urushi Artist: Lacquer Sculptures

Nobuyuki Tanaka, Urushi Artist: Lacquer Sculptures

One of Japan's leading urushi artists exploring the sculptural possibilities of this ancient art form that starts with the toxic sap from a lacquer tree, indigenous to East Asia.

  • Thursday, February 07, 2008 - Sunday, February 17, 2008
  • Hall of States
  • All Day
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Nobuyuki Tanaka is one of Japan's leading contemporary urushi artists, exploring the sculptural possibilities of this ancient art form that starts with the toxic sap from a lacquer tree, indigenous to East Asia. The sap is filtered, heat-treated, and colored into a highly durable and glossy varnish used in materials ranging from tableware and jewelry to fountain pens and musical instruments. Collaborating with architects, Tanaka has also produced large-scale lacquer creations that grace numerous buildings, including Tokyo's high-design Conrad Hotel.

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