The Art of the Japanese Folding Screen
The Collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Ashmolean Museum
Paperback ISBN: 1854440810
The design of the Japanese folding screen is one of the great art devices in decorative arts. Its history, schools of painting, the artists are explored in this elegant publication wherein the golds, reds and greens reflect as accurately as possible on the printed page the actual screens.
The Confusion Era
Art and Culture of Japan During the Allied Occupation, 1945-1952
Paperback ISBN: 0295976462
Six contributors discuss the state of Japanese arts during the allied occupation after the second World War. Topics include missteps by occupation censors, caution and experimentation on the part of nine artists of the era, the preservation of cultural property, and the conflicted roles of women and confused depictions of democracy in film. The editor includes numerous b&w photographs and stills from films, and color reproductions of paintings and of posters for movies, advertising, and emergency food and health announcements. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Cruelty and Carnage
Superviolent Art by Yoshiiku & Others
Paperback ISBN: 1840683082
Muzan-e ("cruel pictures") and Chimidoro-e ("bloody pictures") together constitute a significant strand of ukiyo-e, the populist art of late Edo-period Japan. The most famous example of this genre remains Eimei Nijuhasshuku (1868) by the artists Yoshitoshi and Yoshiiku. Yoshiiku's violent contributions to this series are matched in horror by many other of his prints, ranging from news-sheet illustrations of misogynistic murder to kabuki scenes of torture and images of warriors harvesting severed heads in battle. Such gore-splashed pictures were also produced by numerous other artists, including Kunisada, Kuniyoshi, Yoshitoshi, Yoshiyuki, Kunichika, and the unsung creators of garish Osaka sex-crime news-sheets."Cruelty And Carnage", edited by Jack Hunter (who also edited the ground-breaking extreme ukiyo-e anthology "Dream Spectres"), collects and considers over 100 of the most blood-drenched and disturbing artworks produced by Yoshiiku and others, presented in large-format and full-colour throughout.The Ukiyo-e Master Series: presenting seminal collections of art by the greatest print-designers and painters of Edo-period and Meiji-period Japan.
Drop Dead Cute
The New Generation of Women Artists in Japan
Paperback ISBN: 081184708x
Showcases the work of 10 cutting-edge female Japanese artists whose art combined the pop charge of Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara with intimate personal experience and a thrilling mixture of sweetness and edgy power.
An Enduring Vision
17Th- To 20Th-Century Japanese Painting from the Gitter-Yelen Collection
Hardcover ISBN: 0894940872
An Enduring Vision: 17th to 20th-Century Japanese Painting from the Gitter-Yelen Collection presents 138 exceptional art works by the great masters of the Edo period as well as the paintings of their students, friends, and associates, whose relationships the authors explore and discuss. In addition to those artists mentioned above, the selection includes paintings by Ike Taiga, Sengai, and Tawaraya Sotatsu, among others. The catalogue offers a rare opportunity to appreciate in depth the ways in which these gifted individuals developed as artists.
Genji’s World in Japanese Woodblock Prints
From the Paulette and Jack Lantz Collection
Hardcover ISBN: 9004233539
Published in conjunction with a late-2012 exhibition held at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery of Scripps College and scheduled to travel to at least four venues during the next two years. This oversize volume (11.5x11.5") affords lavish display of images along with five scholarly essays and a substantial amount of appended material. The extensive Paulette and Jack Lantz Collection, a result of many decades of passionate collecting, is the source of most of the images. Marks (Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, Hanford, California) wrote the introductory essay in which he characterizes Genji prints as a 19th-century craze. Subsequent essays explore A Rustic Genji by a Fraudulent Murasaki, "The Twilight Beauty" in Genji prints, a Rustic Genji world, Genji-related woodblock-printed games, and erotic Genji fantasies. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A Guide to Japanese Prints and Their Subject Matter
Paperback ISBN: 0486238091
British connoisseur describes in detail the subject of famous Japanese color prints using 274 reproductions of works by Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro, Shunyei, and other masters. Bibliography. Index.
One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Hardcover ISBN: 0807611433
Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, actually composed of 118 splendid woodblock landscape and genre scenes of mid-nineteenth century Tokyo, is one of the greatest achievements of Japanese art. The series contains many of Hiroshige's best-loved and most extraordinary prints. Like Venice and Florence in the 14th and 15th centuries, or Paris in the age of the Impressionists, the city of Edo, with its superb landmarks and its festive display of elegant urban life, exerts a special and compelling fascination. Hiroshige revealed the panorama of his city's activities with subtle and vivid visual anecdotes: fireworks seen from the river, fashionable geishas on parade, the kabuki district at night, intimate moments in the gardens and teahouses. It is a tour de force of artistic vision and printmaking craftsmanship. This edition has been reproduced from an exceptionally fine, first-edition set in the Brooklyn Museum of Art to insure maximum fidelity to the original prints. Henry Smith ex-plains the world of Edo in its twilight before the Meiji Restoration and the beginnings of a modern urban society. Each plate is accompanied by a commentary that discusses its artistic and cultural interest in detail. For anyone interested in Japan, the One Hundred Famous Views of Edo is perhaps the finest guide and one of the greatest legacies imaginable.