京都 (Kyoto): 内田美術書肆 (Uchida Bijutsu Shoshi), 昭和 2 . First edition. Hardcover. Quarto (9 1/2 x 7 1/2"). Original brown cloth, with title label to front cover. Book housed in its original green cloth chemise, with title label to front cover and spine. Original decorative title page.
Splendid work containing 40 pochoir plates of textile designs by Japanese artist Maki Hisao, one of the founders of the Mavo movement, along with Tomoyoshi Murayama and Yoshida Kenkichi.
In his preface, Maki Hisao states that the title of the book was inspired by a comment made by Walter Gropius concerning the work of German designer Madame Ivanov from her Berlin exhibit of June 1927. Ivanov was a new reactionary figure in the German costume design industry of the period. Gropius coined the term "New Greek Style" for her work.
The radical Japanese art group Mavo roared into new arenas and new art forms during the 1920s, with work ranging from performance art to painting, book illustration, and architectural projects. Mavo artists collaborated in a movement that shook the Japanese art establishment to its foundations. Ultimately, Mavo’s work became a major influence in Japanese commercial art and had a pronounced and lasting impact on Japanese visual and political culture. This often outrageous and iconoclastic movement sought to transform Japanese art in response to the rise of industrialism.
Mavo artists deliberately created images that conveyed the feelings of crisis, peril, and uncertainty that were beginning to characterize daily life. Their art often alluded to mechanical environments with abstracted imagery.
Hisao Maki's book of textile designs features 40 pochoir plates with modernist patterns such as asymmetrical and geometric blocks of color in bands of varying thickness, interconnected tubular forms and shapes reminiscent of riveted steel girders, etc..
This work provides an in-depth look at the Mavo art itself, the flamboyant personality of Maki Hisao, and the cultural history of Japan in this inter-war period. For more information, see: "Mavo: Japanese artists and the avant-garde, 1905-1931."
Title in Japanese. Chemise, binding and interior in overall very good condition. vg. Item #43718