Asian Art, Miscellaneous
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)
Connections Between Japanese Art Then and Now
Paperback ISBN: 0811869571
See/Saw offers a provocative new look at the origins of Japanese pop art. Often defined by its references to manga or anime, contemporary Japanese art in fact has much broader roots. By drawing parallels between the art of Japan past and present, this compelling volume reveals how current artists rework the traditional forms and techniques of Japanese art history. Modern takes on time-honored conventions are illustrated by the work of a star-studded roster of contemporary artists including Tabaimo, Makoto Aida, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, and Yayoi Kusama. Aficionados of both contemporary and traditional Japan are sure to appreciate this fresh perspective on art and the power of visual culture.
Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs
A Comprehensive Handbook on Symbolism in Chinese Art Through the Ages with over 400 illustrations
Paperback ISBN: 080483704x
Gain a deeper appreciation for Chinese art and architecture by understanding its symbols. The Yin and Yang, dragon, phoenix, five elements, and other symbols are explained in their historical and cultural context. Chinese Symbolism and Art Motifs also includes articles on Chinese beliefs, customs, arts and crafts, foods, agriculture and medicine. Originally published in 1941, this is the standard reference book, with over 400 illustrations to help clarify and define this ancient, complex culture.
Korean Contemporary Art
Hardcover ISBN: 3791351575
"This unique survey examines the contemporary art scene in Korea, which is one of the most dynamic and least known areas of the contemporary art world. The works of today's Korean artists are rarely found between the pages of any general art book, yet they have become a major force in the global art world. Korea is rich with internationally renowned painters, photographers, and multi-media artists. This book features Korea's most talented and prolific artists and their works, from the powerful and grand-scale installations of Do Ho Suh and the eye-popping sculptures of Choi Jeong-Hwa to the minimalist performance of Kimsooja, and the intellectually challenging videos and sculptures of Michael Joo. The artists' diverse bodies of work often deal with issues relating to tradition, politics, society, alienation, identity, and popular culture. This generously illustrated and engagingly written volume offers a concise introduction to the world of contemporary Korean art."--Publisher's website.
Tradition And Beyond
Handcrafted Indian Textiles
Hardcover ISBN: 8174360840
The outstanding textiles represented in this book were displayed at the Visvakarma series of exhibitions and have a wide-ranging vocabulary of design, technical skill and aesthetic brilliance. Written and edited by renowned names in textile design, this book is, indeed, a treasure for both the textile aficionado and designer.