Japanese Art
The Art of the Japanese Folding Screen: The Collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Ashmolean Museum
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.
Chinese Romance from a Japanese Brush: Kano Sansetsu's Chogonka Scrolls in the Chester Beatty Library
Chinese Romance from a Japanese Brush
Kano Sansetsu's Chogonka Scrolls in the Chester Beatty Library
Paperback      ISBN: 1857595971
The first book in English devoted to exploring the history, cultural context and artistic style of this extraordinary painting.
A Chorus of Birds
A Chorus of Birds
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670220094
A facsimile of a late-eighteenthcentury Japanese masterpiece features exquisite reproductions of Utamaro's prints, accompanied by witty verse in a stunning visual ensemble
The Confusion Era: Art and Culture of Japan During the Allied Occupation, 1945-1952
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
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.
Dream Spectres: Extreme Ukiyo-E: Sex, Blood, Demons, Monsters, Ghosts, Tattoo
Dream Spectres
Extreme Ukiyo-E: Sex, Blood, Demons, Monsters, Ghosts, Tattoo
Paperback      ISBN: 1840683104
UKIYO-E

Drop Dead Cute: The New Generation of Women Artists in 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
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.
Gardens of Gravel and Sand
Gardens of Gravel and Sand
Paperback      ISBN: 1880656434
Book DescriptionA simple and provocative book offering a revisionist photo-essay on the ever-popular Japanese "dry landscape" or "rock" gardens. Not Zen, possibly art, more like "meta-gardens," gravel and sand compositions reject nature, yet are made of omnipresent natural dust. Quick to crumble, they are defiantly maintained by priest/rakers. Credited with philosophical profundity, their origins are murky, their meanings uncertain but immediate. Koren deliberately ignores "celebrity" rocks, moss, and foliage to demystify and explore a most peculiar human enterprise. Beautifully illustrated with duotone photographs of gravel and sand gardens in Kyoto. About the Author Leonard Koren, who was trained as an artist and architect, writes books about design and aesthetics. Among his most popular books are WABI SABI: For Artists, Design, Poets & Philosophers and Arranging Things: A Rhetoric of Object Placement. "Featuring over 30 photos of graval and sand gardens taken in Kyoto, Japan, this thin paperback underscores the importance of 'experienceing the garden as garden.'" -- The Tri-County News

Genji’s World in Japanese Woodblock Prints: From the Paulette and Jack Lantz Collection
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)