Critical Discussion

Kae Sasaki, Viewfinder, oil and gold-leaf on panel (detail), 2018

Theory at Home

Traditional Japanese Aesthetics with Kae Sasaki

  • November 29, 2018, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Duke of Kent Legion, 227 McDermot Avenue

Free, everyone welcome!

Japanese literary titan Jun’ichiro Tanizaki’s short essay “In Praise of Shadows” offers sublime and at times peculiar insights into all things delicate and nuanced, heightened by shadows and the patina of age. This informal conversation will explore and critique Tanizaki’s random selection of themes encompassing architecture, theatre, lacquerware, food and skin colour. 


Reading: Jun’ichiro Tanizaki, “In Praise of Shadows” (1933, translated into English in 1977)

Excerpts (if you don't have time to do the entire reading!)

  • Kae Sasaki

    Kae Sasaki, a transplant from Tokyo to Winnipeg, is an oil painter with focus on portraiture and architecture. Her work speaks of the complexity of modern identity and displacement felt when straddling different cultures. Sasaki obtained a BA in German Literature from Rikkyo University in Tokyo and a BFA Honours from University of Manitoba, and she has been shortlisted for the Kingston Prize, the Salt Spring National Art Prize and Jackson’s Open Painting Prize.