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Kimono to Go

1991 John Cederquist Born: Altadena, California 1946 plywood, veneers, epoxy resin, gold leaf, aniline dye 78 x 38 x 15 in. (198.1 x 96.5 x 38.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of MCI 2001.89.32 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 56B

Luce Center Quote

“In John Cederquist’s . . . furniture, form doesn’t just diverge from function: it forces it off the road . . .” Roberta Smith, New York Times, April 27, 2001

Luce Center Label

Kimono to Go is created out of inexpensive materials inlaid and stained to mimic both costly marquetry and the strong graphics of Japanese textiles (Smith, 2001). The kimono is “on the move,” appearing to step out of the crate on its own power. John Cederquist offers us a humorous image of traditional values from the East that have arrived on American soil to be swept up in our fast-paced consumer culture.


Dress - ethnic - Japanese dress

Object - other - container

decorative arts

Crafts - Mixed Media

About John Cederquist

Born: Altadena, California 1946

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