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Miss Blanche

Shiro Kuramata

May 2017

Shiro Kuramata, Miss Blanche chair, 1988; collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund: gift of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Fisher, Mrs. George Roberts, and Mr. and Mrs. Brooks Walker, Jr.; © Estate of Shiro Kuramata

  1. How does this chair compare with furniture in your house?
  2. Do you think this chair is beautiful? Why or why not?
  3. What do you think makes an object beautiful?
  4. Does something need to be beautiful in order to be called a work of art?
  5. How does the functionality of an object relate to its status as a work of art?

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