Asian Art, Miscellaneous
The Chinese Art Book
Hardcover ISBN: 0714865753
Presents three hundred works that represent every form of Chinese visual art, from sculpture and ceramics to installation and performance art, and pairs each with a brief descriptive essay that places the work in its context.
Contemporary Art from India
Hardcover ISBN: 1890206083
Contemporary art in India reflects her world-recognition as a major player in the new millennium. The journey from modern to contemporary art in India continues to be one from indigenous to global - intersecting with international art at increasingly frequent intervals as time progresses. By making "now" the curatorial priority, this book has a perspective that has been missing from most previous books and exhibitions of 20th-century art from India. To celebrate only the "glorious" past would be to miss the point of India's rising global presence, and how far she has come since her mid-century Independence. It is time to celebrate India's artistic independence. Recent works by 24 artists have been selected to represent art-making in India today. This catalog is published in conjunction with an extensive exhibition of paintings, photography, sculptures and installations, along with works in video and new media, that opens at the Chicago Cultural Center on 20th July 2007.
A Century of Thai Graphic Design
Hardcover ISBN: 9748225429
Featuring over 5,500 items ranging from the mid-19th century to the 1960s, A Century of Thai Graphic Design examines the changes in everyday Thai life and culture by studying its printed material. The first printing machines were introduced into Thailand by missionaries in the 17th century, but printing in general did not really take off until the 1830s, during the reign of King Rama III. Since that time, Thailand has developed a rich library of graphic images using an alphabet unique to the language. A Century of Thai Graphic Design examines the many facets of Thai graphics, from early newspapers and funeral books, to political propaganda, film posters, children's cartoon books, labels and advertisements for household products. With the help of the foremost collectors in each particular field, Anake Nawigamune has assembled a collection of words and imagery which provides a visual history that will fascinate designers, historians and all those interested in Thai culture and society.
Story Cloths of Bali
Hardcover ISBN: 1580084877
For thousands of years, Balinese textile artists have adorned simple cloths with elaborate embroidered depictions of classic folk epics. As one of the many artistic expressions of Balinese culture, these colorful pieces offer insight into the tradition of storytelling in Bali while reminding us that ancient universal themes of morality, man versus nature, and the triumph over adversity can be just as significant today. In STORY CLOTHS OF BALI, Indonesian art expert Joseph Fischer shares his collection of more than 100 of these exquisite pieces alongside engaging text about how to utilize these textiles to study and appreciate traditional Balinese culture. The first major study of an unusual group of Balinese embroideries, STORY CLOTHS OF BALI is a fascinating glimpse into a culture rich with creativity, diversity, and tradition. Story cloths are used as ritual decorations and offerings in Balinese and Hindu temples, household ancestor shrines, and village ceremonial buildings. Discusses the various stitching techniques employed for each piece, how to determine the skill level of specific stitches, and the cultural significance of each textile. Includes a glossary of important Balinese characters and terms.
A Lesser Love
Paperback ISBN: 0807167770
A Lesser Love presents poems of love and departure for romantic partners, family members, and even national citizens. Raised around diasporic Korean communities, E. J. Koh describes her work as deeply influenced by the idea of jeong, which can be translated as a deep attachment, bond, and reciprocity for places, people, and things. The spirit of jeong permeates this collection as each poem draws astonishing connections and illuminates the bonds that hold across time and place. With evocative lyricism, Koh mixes the languages of science and emotion to compose some poems like chemistry equations that convert light into “reasonable dioxide” and then further transmogrify the formula into a complex understanding of the parent-child relationship. Through this alchemy the poet allows readers to see through the eyes of mothers, fathers, daughters, aunts, friends, and lovers: we see the tragedy of a sinking ferry, the hypocrisies of government agencies, the aftermath of war, and a very wide view through the Hubble space telescope. Demonstrating an ability to elicit profound emotional intensity, Koh crafts a book of poems that challenge, delight, and enrich.
Crafts of West Bengal
Hardcover ISBN: 0944142451
Distributed by the U. of Washington Press. Pottery, mats & basketry, embroidery, textiles, metal work, jewelry, wood & stone musical instruments, ivory, shell & horn, hill crafts, and festival crafts are treated in separate chapters. The text describes the crafts, the creators, and the cultural context. Illustrated with abundant color photos. 10.25x10.5" Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
Monks and Merchants
Silk Road Treasures from Northwest China Gansu and Ningxia Provinces, Fourth-Seventh Century
Hardcover ISBN: 0810934787
Published in conjunction with the October 2001 exhibition at the Asia Society Museum in New York, this volume illuminates a pivotal epoch in Chinese history between the Han and Tang periods when Buddhism took root in China and trade in exotic goods flourished along the Silk Road. It features 120-plus rare works of art in gold, silver, glass, clay, and stone from Chinese collections, many recently excavated and most of them never before published in English. The primary authors, Juliano (Chinese art, Rutgers U.) and Lerner (independent art historian) and contributing historians and archaeologists address the contribution of the nomadic tribes, the role of the Sogdians as Silk Road traders and later as Chinese officials, the gold and silver coinage found in a Sogdian cemetary, the role of Buddhism as a catalyst, and other topics. Object descriptions accompany the photographs and essays. Contains 334 illustrations, including 214 color plates. Oversize: 9.25x12.25. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)