January Blog 2017
What’s New? Kokeshi Dolls!
Kokeshi dolls originate from the Tohoku region of Northern Japan, an area well-known for its onsen (hot spring) resorts. These handmade wooden dolls are thought to date back to the early 19th century when kijiya (woodworkers), accustomed to making bowls and trays, began using their woodworking skills and lathes to make simple dolls to sell as toys and souvenirs to the onsen visitors. The dolls may originally have had a spiritual significance with the kokeshi representing a wish for a healthy child. It has also been suggested that kokeshi, with their round heads and limbless bodies probably made in an unpainted form originally, were used as massage tools by spa bathers. The name ‘kokeshi’ itself is thought to derive from a combination of names given to the wooden dolls in the various areas of their manufacture. (Read more)
Art is Fun
Tape art opens up new worlds of colors as artists intuitively find ways to use tape to bend space, light, and dimensions, making distorted views of already embraced rooms and surfaces. (Read more)
Art in the News
The art critics of The New York Times — Holland Cotter and Roberta Smith — share their picks for the best art of 2016. (Read here)