Synopses & Reviews
andlt;bandgt;This beautiful origami art book is a collection of the best contemporary pieces from some of the worlds most renowned papercraft artists.andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Thanks to pioneering masters such as Dr. Robert J. Lang, origami has transcended its humble roots as a traditional Japanese papercraft to take a place among the global fine arts. In andlt;iandgt;Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origamiandlt;/iandgt;, Dr. Lang and Asian art curator Meher McArthur chronicle origami's remarkable evolution and showcases the widespread applications of paper folding solutions in the fields of contemporary mathematics, engineering, design, and the international peace movement.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Based around a groundbreaking museum show by the same name, andlt;iandgt;Folding Paperandlt;/iandgt; features the work of more than forty leading origami artists from around the world. It traces the development of paper folding in both the East and the West, recognizing the global influences on this international art form. Now in the early twenty-first century, origami is a sophisticated fine art form consisting of many different styles, from representational to geometric, abstract, and even conceptual. It has become a symbol of peace, an inspiration for engineers, and a conduit for scientific advancement.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;Featured origami artists include:andlt;/bandgt;andlt;ulandgt;andlt;liandgt; Brian Chanandlt;/liandgt;andlt;liandgt; Erik Joiselandlt;/liandgt;andlt;liandgt; Erik and Martin Demaineandlt;/liandgt;andlt;liandgt; Tomoko Fuseandlt;/liandgt;andlt;liandgt; Daniel Kwanandlt;/liandgt;andlt;liandgt; Michael LaFosseandlt;/liandgt;andlt;liandgt; Jeannine Moseleyandlt;/liandgt;andlt;liandgt; Akira Yoshizawaandlt;/liandgt;andlt;/ulandgt; Combining Dr. Lang's and McArthur's illuminating narrative history with lavish color photographs of more than sixty breathtaking worksand#8212;from Joel Cooper's haunting Cyrus mask to Linda Tomoko Mihara's delicate Crane Cube to Eric Joisel's lifelike Pangolin modeland#8212;andlt;iandgt;Folding Paperandlt;/iandgt; is an enthralling introduction to the contemporary art of paper folding.
"Based on a traveling art exhibition that opened in 2012 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, this slim volume lives up to its subtitle: readers will indeed find nearly infinite possibilities in folded paper. More than 40 of the world's leading origami artists are represented, with full-color photographs of works leaping off the page. Early on, Paulo Mulatinho's Planta, an abstract riff on the familiar paper crane, faces off with Hieu Tran Trung's Velociraptor Skeleton, a dinosaur skeleton shown on the recto page and made from over 70 sheets of uncut paper. The variety and breadth of the medium are amazingly clear. Animals (including a stunning ball variation on paper cranes), abstract forms, even a house, all dazzle and will inspire artists. The text of the book is mostly academic, but Lang's essay on the math and physics of origami may intrigue some readers, especially when they are left gaping by the overwhelmingly complex, computer-generated 'circle packing' he employs to create a grid for folding on paper. Readers are mostly here for the photos, and they are well worth the very reasonable price. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Dr. Robert J. Langandlt;/bandgt; has studied origami for more than forty years. He is recognized as one of the world's leading masters of the artand#8212;and one of the pioneers of the marriage of origami with mathematics and science. Lang authored or coauthored thirteen books and lectures widely on origami and its applications.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;Meher McArthurandlt;/bandgt; is a freelance Asian art curator, author, and educator. Her publications include andlt;iandgt;Reading Buddhist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs and Symbols; The Arts of Asia: Materials, Techniques, Styles; An ABC of What Art Can Be;andlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Confucius: A Throneless Kingandlt;/iandgt;. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;bandgt;International Arts and Artistsandlt;/bandgt; was established in 1995. The non-profit organization has become one of the largest providers of fine art exhibitions in the world, presenting 450 exhibitions at more than 300 museums, galleries and cultural institutions in 49 states and 6 foreign countries.
Table of Contents
Forewordandlt;BRandgt;Introductionandlt;BRandgt;Origami: The Evolution of a New Global Art Form, by Meher McArthurandlt;BRandgt;From Flapping Birds to Packing Circles: An Origami Journey, by Robert J. Langandlt;BRandgt;Artist Biosandlt;BRandgt;Origami Resource List