30.40 x 24.50 cm
160 Illustrations, 157 in colour
First published 2008
This lavishly illustrated book presents fifty-five masterworks by Japanese kimono artist Itchiku Kubota.
His unique style – inspired by the fragile dyed silks of sixteenth-century Japan, and developed after twenty years of experimentation – combines stitch-resist, ink drawing, embroidery, metallic leaf and a complex layering of colours to create hauntingly beautiful landscapes with richly textured surfaces.
In the artist's magnum opus ‘Symphony of Light' – showcased in this volume together with his five-piece 'Mount Fuji' series and ten individual works – the monumental kimono are intended to be shown sequentially, and were made only for display. Featured on a special fold-out section, Kubota's remarkable imagery can be fully appreciated as it extends from robe to robe. With this work Kubota created an entirely new concept of landscape representation on the kimono, elevating the quintessential Japanese garment to the level of installation art.
Published to accompany a collaborative exhibition between the San Diego Museum of Art, Timken Museum of Art, Canton Museum of Art and the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum – the catalogue includes essays by Dale Carolyn Gluckman and Hollis Goodall; a preface by Satoshi Kubota, Itchiku's son and artistic heir; and an interview with Satoshi Kubota by Derrick R. Cartwright of the San Diego Museum of Art. All shed new light on Itchiku's artistic vision.
Complete with a biography , an overview of the artist's basic production techniques , a glossary and a bibliography , this is the first major publication on a master of exceptional virtuosity.
Dale Carolyn Gluckman , guest curator of the travelling exhibition Kimono as Art: The Landscapes of Itchiku Kubota , is also the co-author of When Art Became Fashion: Kosode in Edo-Period Japan , and a former curator and department head at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is currently an independent curator and consultant specializing in Asian costumes and textiles. Hollis Goodall is curator of Japanese art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is the lead author of The Raymond and Frances Bushell Collection of Netsuke .