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Announcement: A Free Public Lecture on the Art of Marbling in Asia and the Islamic World

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  • Jake Benson
    Dear Fellow List members, Please excuse any cross -posting of this message. If you can think of anyone in the DC area who would be interested in this lecture,
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 24, 2005
      Dear Fellow List members,

      Please excuse any cross -posting of this message. If you can think of
      anyone in the DC area who would be interested in this lecture, please
      feel free to forward the announcement.

      Jake Benson


      Gardens of the Imagination

      Traditions of Paper Marbling in Asia and the Islamic World

      A free public presentation by Jake Benson

      When: Friday October 14th at 7 -8 PM

      Where: Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center,
      8230 Georgia Avenue. Silver Spring, MD.

      Who should attend: This lecture wis meant to raise awareness among
      contemporary artists and craftspeople about the art of marbling. Yet
      it will also be of great interest to Librarians, Curators, Scholars,
      Conservators, and Collectors and others who encounter marbled papers
      during the course of their work or research. This event will hopefully
      serve to inspire further identification and publication of marbled
      papers within public and private collections in the US and abroad. In
      addition to scholars and curatorial staff, specialists in Asian and
      Islamic art and culture are especially encouraged to attend.

      General Description: Join marbler and historian Jake Benson for a
      cross-cultural visual exploration of the art of marbling. Many people
      are familiar with marbled designs from contemporary commercial
      packaging, graphic design, professional matting, and bookbinding. Yet
      comparatively few fully understand just how these curious designs are
      created, much less familiar with the very rich history and wide
      variety of specialized applications for marbled paper found in
      different cultures.

      The lecture will cover the latest research and insight into the
      earliest forms of marbling in East Asia, including an overview of
      suminagashi papers found in important Japanese manuscripts. Methods of
      marbling in the Eastern Islamic world will be presented in detail,
      concentrating on areas in Central Asia, South Asia, and Western Asia.
      The lecture will not only look at variant methods of marbling, but
      also the historical role of marbling in manuscript production.

      A selection of works by famous calligraphers and poets written directly
      over the surface of a marbled sheet will be shown. In addition, a
      detailed examination of the incorporation of marbling into painting and
      illustration will be offered. Many of the images the will be presented
      have either not been published or are not widely recognized. Finally,
      the relationship of these early methods to the development of marbling
      in Europe and America will be briefly covered.

      On the following day, Saturday October 15th, Pyramid Atlantic will host
      a daylong intensive workshop on traditional and contemporary forms of
      Japanese suminagashi marbling taught by Mr. Benson. For directions to
      the Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, please follow the link to the
      center�s web site listed at the top of this announcement. A full
      description of the workshop has been posted on the Pyramid Atlantic web
      site and can be viewed by clicking on the direct link below, and look
      for the second workshop listed. A registration form in adobe PDF
      format is available to download by clicking the link at the bottom of
      the page.


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