BOOKS AND EXHIBITS:

Two books caught my attention – FELICE BEATO: A PHOTOGRAPHER ON THE EASTERN ROAD,  by Anne Lacoste, Los Angeles,  2010.  Felice Beato (1832-1909) was Italian-British and is best known for his photographs of the 1857 Indian Rebellion (aka Sepoy mutiny) and the Second Opium War.
 
Felice’s or Felix’s  younger brother Antonio Beato, also was a photographer and he is featured in an exhibition at Throckmorton, NYC, in a collection  from Spencer Throckmorton, titled “Sheying:Shades of China 1850-1900, September 15-November 5, 2011.  From 1859 to 1877 Beato maintained a studio in Yokohama and is recognized as the father of Japanese photography. In 1877 he sold his interest to von Stillfried, and went on to settle  in Burma. 
 
Antonio is famous for his landscapes and architectural  photographs taken in Egypt and in the Mediterranean region.  I remember that he taught photography to Baron Raimund von Stillfried, a fellow Austrian.
 
The second book I wanted to mention is about a  postwar ceramic artist in Japan – I have mentioned some of these artists before when Joan Mirviss had an exhibit at her NYC gallery.  FUKAMI:PURITY OF FORM, by Andreas Marks, Seattle, 2011. Fukami Sueharu, born in Kyoto in 1947,  creates sculptural ceramics, free of traditional form. 
 
And JOAN MIRVISS has an exhibit AWAKENINGS IN CLAY,  the SCULPTURAL ART OF MIHARA KEN.   www.mirviss.com.
 
 
I am a three-dimensional rather than a two dimensional person and the sculptural pieces shown at Joan Mirviss – appeal to me a great deal. I previously wrote about the Sodeisha Ceramic Movement – Yagi Kazuo, Suzuki Osamu and Yamada Hikaru – all exhibited at Mirviss. 
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