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Events November 2020

LocalVirtual Lecture

Seizo Sugawara, Eileen Gray’s Enduring Collaborator

November 12, 2020

In this presentation from Bard Graduate Center, Ruth Starr and Emma Cormack will consider the influence of the Japanese sculptor and lacquer specialist, Seizo Sugawara (1884–1937) on Eileen Gray (1878–1976) in the context of the pervasiveness of Japonisme. Gray is best known for her pioneering work in early modernist architecture. Less well known is her acclaimed earlier career as a lacquer furniture designer. The presentation reveals Gray’s fine appreciation of the unique characteristics of Japanese lacquer.

Ruth Starr is an Art Historian of Trinity College Dublin, lecturing in History of Japanese Art and Architecture, from the earliest times to the 20th century. Her current research seeks to untangle the web of connections linking Japanese art and European art, following the common thread of lacquerware and how these links were manifest in Ireland during the late 19th Century Japonisme movement. She was the principal consultant on Gray’s lacquer for the 2013 Eileen Gray exhibition at Centre Pompidou, Paris..

Emma Cormack is Associate Curator at Bard Graduate Center and the curatorial and editorial assistant on the Eileen Gray project.

Thursday November 12, 12:00pm
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Photograph of Seizo Sugawara, 1900s, EG:2003.551, Eileen Gray Collection II
Photograph of Seizo Sugawara, 1900s, EG:2003.551, Eileen Gray Collection II

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