A new book, Beauty Given by Grace, tackles the “visual legacy of Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996), a remarkable twentieth-century Japanese artist on the eve of the centenary of his birth in 2013. The book is 120 pages in length and contains  nearly 100 full-color reproductions. Measuring 9 x 12 inches and printed on high-quality paper, it features work collected by CIVA members Sandra Bowden and John A. Kohan. This entirely new publication also features insightful essays by Sandra Bowden, Makoto Fujimura, I. John Hesselink, and John A. Kohan.” From CIVA:

It is CIVA’s distinct privilege to be the first to announce the publication of Beauty Given by Grace: The Biblical Prints of Sadao WatanabeThis book – produced by CIVA in partnership with Ned Bustard and Square Halo Books - is the first new text to feature the famous Japanese printmaker’s work in more than a decade and the only book about Watanabe currently in print.

In the sections that follow, we offer more information about the book, where to see this splendid Traveling Exhibit of Sadao Watanabe’s original work, and how to rent this show for your gallery.

 

To be one of the first to purchase this book, click here.Okay, it may be a bit early, but we think that Beauty Given by Grace would make a splendid and unique Christmas gift for family members, friends, and co-workers.

More about the Watanabe Book
Watanabe_Flight to EgyptBeauty Given by Grace  brings to light the extraordinary visual legacy of Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996), a remarkable twentieth-century Japanese artist on the eve of the centenary of his birth in 2013. The book is 120 pages in length and contains  nearly 100 full-color reproductions. Measuring 9 x 12 inches and printed on high-quality paper, it features work collected by CIVA members Sandra Bowden and John A. Kohan. This entirely new publication also features insightful essays by Sandra Bowden, Makoto Fujimura, I. John Hesselink, and John A. Kohan. Click here to order the book.

Rent the Watanabe Exhibit
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While Watanabe’s art can be found in the most important museums in the world, he always desired to have his work displayed where it could be seen and enjoyed by ordinary people. To help fulfill that vision, CIVA’s Beauty Given by Grace exhibit will travel to churches, universities, seminaries, and small museums where, just at the artist hoped, Watanabe’s work will reach this broader audience.Beauty Given by Grace will introduce many new communities to the luminous biblical prints of this dedicated and gifted Japanese Christian artist. This show will travel for five years. To view all of the work featured in this exhibit and to find out how to schedule this show for your venue, click here.

Attend the Premier Opening
The Good SamaritanThose eager to view The Beauty Given by Grace exhibit are cordially invited to the premier opening of this show at theBilly Graham Center Museum. Join us on Friday evening, October 12, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. for a reception, book signing, and brief introduction to the exhibit. The Billy Graham Center Museum is located on the campus of Wheaton College,500 College Avenue, Wheaton, Illinois 60187.