I just read http:// 'Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers' by Leonard Koren, It's a great book and I really feel that it's describing a fifteenth-century form of Modernism. Do any of y'all know about Wabi-Sabi?
I've found that both Wabi-Sabi and Modernism are in direct response to the prevalance of ornament. Koren suggests that Wabi-Sabi was born for aesthetic reasons while Modernism came from function. I think that there is a good possibility that Wabi-Sabi's earthy imperfection is a result of constructing objects with the most practical materials in the most practical methods of the time (mid 15th century), and the lack of aesthetic consideration is a result from the efficiency of production.
I guess my main question would be, would you consider Wabi-Sabi in the same timeline as Modernism??
here's the Wabi-Sabi wiki