The Perfection of the Japanese Book

Ohie Toshio
September 19, 2012
Scripps College Humanities Auditorium

Please welcome Japanese fine binder Ohie Toshio as he lectures at Scripps College on Wednesday, September 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the Humanities Auditorium. Toshio will speak about the perfection of the Japanese book and will be assisted by his colleague John Solt. The lecture is free and open to the public; a question and answer period follows the discussion.

Ohie introduced decorative bookbinding to Japan in 1974 after studying the art form in France for five years. In his talk he will discuss how he adjusted the style to appeal to Japanese taste and the ways in which he collaborates with other artists in the fields of graphic design, printmaking, photography, and calligraphy.

An extraordinary exhibition of his bindings and publishing projects is currently showing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in the Japanese Pavilion. This is the first exhibition of his bindings in the United States. There are 35 full leather bindings with onlays and gold tooling in the exhibit.

Please note that Frederic W. Goudy Lectures are free and open to the public.

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