“Designing Nature: The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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It’s nature to the nth degree at the Metropolitan Museum of Art special exhibit in the Japanese galleries of the so-called Rinpa school of art and design. Rinpa starts in the 17th century and carries through to this day. The nature is stylized. I think the special effect lies in the big bold color flows and fields. It’s a terrible thing to do to a dead deer, though. Isamu Noguchi’s The Water Stone, 1986 belongs neither to the exhibit nor to the style. It’s always there, and I wanted to include it.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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