Japanese Art
Masterpieces of Japanese Art: Cincinnati Art Museum
Masterpieces of Japanese Art
Cincinnati Art Museum
Hardcover      ISBN: 1907804196
"The Cincinnati Art Museum's Japanese art collection comprises over 3,000 objects including paintings, screens, prints, ceramics, lacquer and metal wares, ivory carvings, arms and armor, dolls, masks, cloisonne, textiles, and costumes. Started in 1881, it is one of the oldest museum collections of Japanese art in the US. Masterpieces of Japanese Art is the first complete study of this remarkable collection covering over five centuries of artistic production, the majority dating from the Edo period (1615-1868) to the end of the Meiji period in 1912. Except for a few pieces, none of these objects has ever been catalogued or published before. Masterpieces of Japanese Art is an introduction to this important yet little explored collection through nearly one hundred of its treasures. An essay by curator Hou-mei Sung chronicles the historical significance and the growth of the museum's collection in the context of Cincinnati's local wave of Japanese mania in the 19th century, and Cincinnati's early connectionsand on-going relationship with Japan and Japanese art. The museum's paintings and screens are the focus of two seminal essays by Japanese professors Masahiko Aizawa and Keiko Nakamachi"--
Masterpieces of Japanese Screen Painting: The American Collections
Masterpieces of Japanese Screen Painting
The American Collections
Hardcover      ISBN: 0807612308
Mudra: A Study of Symbolic Gestures in Japanese Buddhist Sculpture
A Study of Symbolic Gestures in Japanese Buddhist Sculpture
Paperback      ISBN: 0691018669
Appearing for the first time in paperback and illustrated with line drawings, diagrams, and 26 half-tone plates, this study of the iconographic aspect of Japanese Buddhist sculpture surveys the significance of eight principal and six secondary hand gestures (mudra), in addition to the postures (asana), such as the "lotus," and the symbolic attributes. A pictorial index helps the reader in identifying the gestures.
Hardcover      ISBN: 0764328476
Night Parade of Dead Souls: Japanese Ghost Paintings
Night Parade of Dead Souls
Japanese Ghost Paintings
Paperback      ISBN: 1840683120
The female ghost or yurei (literally, "faded spirit") is perhaps the most recognizable figure in Japanese horror culture, powerfully reinforced through the success of Japanese ghost films such as Ringu ("The Ring") and Ju-On ("The Grudge"). Their traditional appearance
Obtaining Images: Art, Production, and Display in Edo Japan
Obtaining Images
Art, Production, and Display in Edo Japan
Hardcover      ISBN: 0824836138
Organized into ten thematic chapters, this ambitious work engages with Japanese art in the Edo era in order to present the reader with a thorough overview of its meanings and uses. The initial chapters describe the artistic traditions, auspicious images, commercial and social aspects of art, and the specific uses and meanings of different kinds of art. The remaining chapters describe different schools and types of art, including portraiture, the idealizing function of ukiyo-e, and Buddhist art, concluding with the impact of the arrival of Europeans. Screech teaches history of art at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), U. of London. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Radicals And Realists in the Japanese Nonverbal Arts: The Avant-garde Rejection of Modernism
Radicals And Realists in the Japanese Nonverbal Arts
The Avant-garde Rejection of Modernism
Hardcover      ISBN: 0824830113
In his review of Japan's avant-garde community during the 1950s and '60s, Havens (history, Northeastern U.) draws on extensive archival research, concerts, performances, exhibits and interviews with more than 50 artists and critics during that inventive period. Havens finds that generational and political differences, not artistic doctrines, largely account for the divergent stances artists took in response to modernism, the international arts community, Japan's ties to the US, and the alliance of corporate and bureaucratic interests that solidified in Japan in the 1960s. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Sixty Nine Stations of the Kisokaido
Sixty Nine Stations of the Kisokaido
Hardcover      ISBN: 0807615935
Reproduced from the finest surviving edition of Hiroshige and Eisen's manuscript, this book offers an unforgettable portrait of daily life in 19th century Japan. Each plate teems with characters, from beggars and brawling men to boaters and finely clothed women; and the artists' gentle humor imbues each figure with remarkable, human vitality. Behind these travelers loom castles, cities and powerful waterfalls. Readers will travel from station to station through changing seasons, rural roads and city streets, on a journey that explores every stratum of a diverse society. Commentary by art scholar and curator Sebastian Izzard, Ph.D. accompanies each image, offering new insights into the artists' processes, and into the survival of their work. Many of the wood blocks used in printing the original Sixty-Nine Stations changed radically over the years, and Izzard addresses the protean nature of each image. He describes the artwork's survival during the dramatic social shifts and economic hardship of Hiroshige and Eisen's time, urging an appreciation for its gradual evolution. This book tells the story of a landmark, two immortal artists, and an enduring masterpiece.
Tattoos in Japanese Prints
Tattoos in Japanese Prints
Hardcover      ISBN: 0878468463
Tokyo: Form and Spirit
Form and Spirit
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810916908
Essays discuss the evolution of Tokyo's art and architecture from the seventeenth century to the present and the coexistence of technology and tradition