Just a reminder . . .
[And please read the self-congratulatory postscript.]
Members of the International Netsuke Society are invited to participate in organizing an exhibition of netsuke from the Raymond and Frances Bushell Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The deadline, however, is approaching.
In order to take part, your list must be received by LACMA by October 1st.
See below for further details.
As you probably know, Los Angeles has been chosen as the host-city for the next convention of the International Netsuke Society to be held in May 2011.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is home to the Raymond and Frances Bushell Collection of Netsuke. In conjunction with the upcoming INS Convention, LACMA is planning to organize an exhibition of netsuke from the Bushell collection. With a fresh approach, rather than focusing on their traditional role as functional items or their meanings as cultural artifacts, this exhibition will focus on netsuke’s place in the modern-day domain of art collecting.
We invite INS members to participate as we seek to compile a selection of the ‘top’ works in the Bushell Collection at LACMA. The exhibition aims to reflect what netsuke collectors today consider the most outstanding works based on the responses we receive from INS members worldwide. We hope you will share with us your ‘Top 10’ favorites from the Bushell Collection.
To take part in this survey simply go to one of the currently available sources where the entire collection can be seen and select the ten netsuke from the collection that you find to be the most outstanding examples. The Raymond and Frances Bushell Collection at the LACMA can be seen in its entirety in two places. The 2003 collection catalog titled “The Raymond and Frances Bushell Collection of Netsuke: A Legacy at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art” and the LACMA web site located at www.lacma.org (see below for a link to the site.)
Please fax your list to (323) 857-4703 or send it via email to email@example.com If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chris Drosse at the above email address. The deadline for responses is October 1st.
This is an entirely anonymous process. No names will appear on any lists, labels or other exhibition-related materials.
To view all of the netsuke in the Bushell collection, click on the following link.
The page that opens should be the Advanced Search page. In the KEYWORDS box enter Bushell and then hit SEARCH at the bottom of the page. This search should bring up 878 objects. (You can also do more specific searches if you are looking for a particular artist, subject, etc.)
P.S. I hope you are as pleased as I am to celebrate this INS Constant Contact Email Blast #50, and see that we have been able to keep in contact with email-enabled members in a very timely manner! I hope you will encourage your netsuke-collecting friends to go to the INS website to sign up for these email blasts. I also hope that non-members receiving these emails will consider joining the Society, and receiving all of the even-more-valuable many full-color illustrated articles in our quarterly INS Journal.
Norman L. Sandfield
INS Email Blast Master