The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Animals, shapes, landscapes and spaceships: Ancient Asian art of origami gains following in West
A student makes a Bascetta Star during an Origami class at the Origami Convention 2013 June 22, 2013 at the Fashion Institute of technology in New York. Hundreds of people gathered to see and learn how to make the artwork from folding papers. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert.

By: Mariano Andrade

NEW YORK (AFP).- Hundreds gathered in New York over the weekend for a convention celebrating origami, the ancient Asian art of paper folding, as the craft gains increasing recognition as serious art in the West.

Animals, shapes, landscapes and spaceships constructed with astonishing intricacy were on display at OrigamiUSA, all fashioned entirely from uncut paper squares and without a drop of glue.

"We say the universe is flat and is contained in a square piece of paper. With paper you can do everything: the limit is the imagination," explained Jorge Pardo, a self-taught origami artist.

Pardo, a special guest at the convention, is the director of the Zaragoza School Origami Museum, which will open in December in northern Spain, where the West's oldest origami association was founded six decades ago.

It will be Europe's first museum dedicated to the art.

A recent test run with temporary exhibits boasted 60,000 visitors over three months, said Pardo, who specializes in "modulars," such as his "flexball": a hollow sphere with openings created using several sheets of paper formed into different geometric figures.

The museum plans to feature works by current masters including Satoshi Kamiya of Japan, Robert Lang and Bernie Payton of the United States, and Dinh Giang of Vietnam -- many of whose works were on display in New York.

Laura Rozenberg, a member of OrigamiUSA and publisher of "The Paper" magazine dedicated to the art, said the museum represents a major step in the trend towards creating "permanent exhibition spaces for the critical mass of exceptional work" that has accumulated.

Origami, a term which comes from the Japanese words "ori" (folding) and "gami" (paper), has a home in Tokyo's House of Origami museum. But in the West, until now, exhibits have been temporary.

In addition to the upcoming Spanish museum, Rozenberg, an Argentine who has lived in the United States for 15 years, is helping build an origami museum in Uruguay, slated to open in 2014.

-- New tech transforms an ancient art --

The art of folding figures dates back to the invention of paper in China in the first or second century and its arrival in Japan a few hundred years later.

The first known book with folding instructions is the "Senbazuru Orikata," published in Japan in 1797.

Since then the art has come a long way, with a modern phase starting in the 1950s and evolving further in recent decades with the rise of computers and the Internet, explained Rozenberg.

"In the 50s, people began to connect around the world, sending letters with models," said the biologist and journalist, highlighting the role of Akira Yoshizawa.

Origami enthusiasts are divided between the "purists" who work exclusively from paper squares, without cuts or glue, and those who allow cutting and rectangular papers.

The computer has added a new dimension, with some artists using programs to design their creations.

"This is a new stage, with some folders moving towards the super complex and others who want to return to simplicity without losing originality," she said.

The technology has also opened new horizons for the art, including a scientific collaboration that has led to designs being applied to engineering.

The art form has also spread to other fields, including occupational therapy and rehab therapy, in addition to its most popular and traditional role as a mental exercise that also helps children develop fine motor skills.

© 1994-2013 Agence France-Presse

Today's News

June 25, 2013

"Pablo Picasso: Family Album" brings together portraits from collections of artist's heirs

City of Nice opens 8 simultaneous exhibitions in homage to Henri Matisse and his work

United States restrains 1909 Pablo Picasso painting valued at $11.5 million

Christie's London to present the complete "Homage to Chillida" exhibition for sale

Gordon Matta-Clark, Suzanne Harris, Tina Girouard: The 112 Greene Street Years at Rhona Hoffman Gallery

Terra Foundation adds significant Jacob Lawrence painting to its American Art Collection

New series of photographic works by Chloe Sells on view at The Michael Hoppen Gallery

Philadelphia Museum of Art's sculpture Diana by Augustus Saint-Gaudens to be regilded

Global online bidding fuels Bonhams Fine Watches & Wristwatches Auction in New York

Animals, shapes, landscapes and spaceships: Ancient Asian art of origami gains following in West

ZKM exhibition uses the Internet as a production site for generating content for further media

Participating galleries at VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary 2013 announced

Premiere international Contemporary and Modern art fair Art Southampton returns to Hamptons

Rarest Chinese stamp to be auctioned by Interasia Auctions this weekend

Masterpieces of furniture and decorative arts to be offered at Sotheby's London

Recent paintings and works on paper by Anne Siems on view at Littlejohn Contemporary

Nationalmuseum announces new acquisition: Gertrud Fridh as Medea by Rolf Winquist

Mobile-friendly website makes one of the country's most significant collections of sculpture accessible

Extraordinary lot of 32 Monica Lewinsky personal items to be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions

The Gallery @1GAP at Richard Meier on Prospect Park presents "On the Margins of a Portrait"

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Historic show marks 350 years of Rembrandt, the 'first Instagrammer'

2.- Kimbell Museum Acquires Cranach Masterpiece

3.- Exhibition presents the most outstanding works from the Princely Collections

4.- MIMA opens an immersive and playful exhibition called "DREAM BOX"

5.- First exhibition of its kind pairs classic cars and Postwar paintings

6.- New Bouguereau exhibition at Milwaukee Art Museum explores artist's popularity in Gilded Age America

7.- Superstar designer Karl Lagerfeld dies at the age of 85

8.- Paul Gauguin's artistic innovations installed in tropical setting reflecting their inspiration

9.- Major gift to The Met of Peter Doig's modern masterpiece Two Trees

10.- Monet - Reinventions of Impressionism in a new large-scale exhibition

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful