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Flawless: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer at Cavin Morris Gallery, New York through April 16

Written on April 14, 2011

Tradition meets the vanguard in Cavin Morris Gallery’s current exhibition of contemporary Japanese lacquer, “Flawless: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer” on view through April 16th.    The show presents work by Japanese artists working in a traditional medium using mainly traditional methods.  But look again.  This show isn’t about tradition.  It’s about invention, innovation–and revitalizing a historic craft using anti-traditional forms.  In this way the work can be seen as a commentary on contemporary culture.

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