EDO STYLE: JAPANESE ART AT THE DAVID ROCHE FOUNDATION Russell Kelty – TAASA Review June 2018
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This article was originally found in the June 2018 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 27, Issue 2, Page 12).
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F rom 5 September – 1 December 2018, The David Roche Foundation in Adelaide presents the exhibition Edo style: Japanese art from the Art Gallery of South Australia Collection.
The Edo period (1615-1868) is defined by the new capital and the great peace established by the Tokugawa shogunate which resulted in an expansion of urban centres and artistic communities that flourished under a diverse patronage. Edo style presents a kaleidoscopic array of folding screens, ceramics, robes, woodblock prints and lacquer ware from the Art Gallery’s collection which depicts or evokes distinct urban experiences and aesthetic sensibilities.
It demonstrates the pervasive interest at the time in projecting cultivation, prestige and even power through the acquisition and display of art and material culture. For the military elite, maintaining the fragile alliance of over 250 regional lords was of primary importance...