To 29 March 1998. Crafts Council, 44a Pentonville Road, Islington, London N1 (0171-278 7700). Closed Mondays.Reuse content
Though the East had been a familiar source of inspiration for at least 200 years, it wasn't until early this century that the West recognised in "the Orient" artistic and philosophical traditions that were not only able to rejuvenate but challenge its own - and this is nowhere more apparent than in the work of Bernard Leach. His pottery, drawings, etchings and woodcuts, on show at the Crafts Council for the first time on this scale since the potter's death in 1979, stand as testament to Leach's artistic intent: to underpin the West's inexorable drive to modernity with what he perceived to be the oriental genius for the eternal truths.