FORTHCOMING (March 2021)
Hiroshige. Famous Places in the Sixty-Odd Provinces
This collection of prints, first published in the 1850s, contains images of each of Japan’s provinces. The beautiful slip-cased edition includes two volumes: a complete set of seventy prints and a separate booklet that provides an introduction to Hiroshige’s life and art as well as descriptive captions of the prints.
Prestel 2021, 110 pages, ISBN 9783791387192, boxed set, $ 35.00.
Avant-Garde Art and Non-Dominant Thought in Postwar Japan
Through theoretical analysis of works by artists and critics such as Okamoto Taro, Tsuruoka Masao, Kawaguchi Tatsuo and Muraoka Saburō, this highly illustrated text identifies formal oppositions frequently evoked in the Japanese avant-garde, between cognition and image; self and other; human and thing; one and many, in mediums ranging from painting and photography, to sculpture and architecture.
Routledge 2020, 280 pages, ISBN 9780367427870, hardback, £ 96,00.
Japanese Design since 1945. A complete sourcebook
For the Japanese, the concept of design is not limited to functionality and materiality, it is deeply connected with culture and tradition. In this sense, everyday objects become more than their function: they are to be reﬂected upon, to be touched and cherished. As mass manufacture became widespread in the postwar period, fascinating cross-cultural exchanges began to take place between Japan and the West.
Abrams Books 2020, 448 pages, ISBN 9781419750540, paperback, $ 85.00.
Kakemono: Five Centuries of Japanese Paining. The Perino Collection
Matthi Forrer (ed.)
Spanning Japanese painting from the 16th to the 19th centuries, this thrilling volume presents a selection of 120 kakemonos from the Perino collection in Italy. The kakemono (literally 'hanging thing') is a Japanese painting or calligraphy, on silk, cotton or paper, contained as a scroll and intended to be hung on the wall. Unlike a hemakimono - a roll that is opened horizontally on a surface - the kakemono opens vertically and is designed as an indoor wall decoration.
Skira 2020, 208 pages, ISBN 9788857243795, paperback, $ 40.00.
The Red Years. Theory, Politics, and Aesthetics in the Japanese ‘68
Gavin Walker (ed.)
Although the ’68 revolutions of the Global North - Western Europe and North America - are widely known, the Japanese situation remains remarkably under-examined globally. Beginning in the late 1950s, the New Left, independent of the prewar Japanese communist moment (itself of major historical importance in the 1920s and ’30s), came to produce one of the most vibrant decades of political organization, political thought, and political aesthetics in the global twentieth century.
Versobooks 2020, 175 pages, ISBN 9781786637222, paperback, £ 14,99.
The Yokohama School. Photography in 19th-century Japan
Francesco Paolo Campione (ed.)
Photography found its way to Japan in the second half of the 19th century, toward the close of the Edo period and the beginning of the Meiji era, during which the new technology of cameras and film development mingled with the traditional skills of local Japanese painters. These artists were able to color photographic prints by hand, meticulously applying paint to the tiniest of surfaces in order to accurately convey the richness of the environments they captured.
Skira 2020, 288 pages, ISBN 9788857244136, hardcover, $ 45.00.
Japan: Courts and Culture
This fascinating publication tells the story of 400 years of British royal contact with Japan. It explores how exquisite decorative arts were central both to direct diplomatic relations and to indirect cultural connection. Its major theme is of princely contact, distinguished by the royal tours and personal gift exchange, which reached their zenith in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Royal Collection Enterprises, 320 pages, ISBN 9781909741683, hardback, £ 35.00.
Yoshitomo Nara rose to prominence in the mid-1990s, a star in a generation of avant-garde Japanese artists associated with the neo-Pop ‘Superflat' movement. This book, made in close collaboration with Nara himself, explores more than three decades of his work - and is the first truly authoritative monograph on the artist in more than a decade.
Phaidon 2020, 330 pages, ISBN 9780714879949, hardback, € 89.95.
Men in Metal. A Topography of Public Bronze Statuary in Modern Japan
In his pioneering study, Men in Metal, Sven Saaler examines Japanese public statuary as a central site of historical memory from its beginnings in the Meiji period through the twenty-first century. Saaler shows how the elites of the modern Japanese nation-state went about constructing an iconography of national heroes to serve their agenda of instilling national (and nationalist) thinking into the masses.
Brill Leiden 2020, 110 pages, ISBN 9789004414433, hardback, € 105,.00.
The Kimono in Print: 300 Years of Japanese Design
Vivian Li (editor)
The first publication dedicated to the examination of the kimono as a major source of inspiration and experimentation in Japanese print culture, from the widely circulated woodblock prints and illustrated books of the Edo period (1603–1868) to the modern design books of the Meiji period (1868–1912).
Hotei Publishing 2020, ISBN 9789004424647, paperback, $ 49.
Japanese Dress in Detail
Josephine Rout & Anna Jackson
Bringing together more than 100 items of clothing, this book reveals the intricacies of Japanese dress from the 18th century to the present. Including garments for women, men and children, the details have been selected both for their exquisite beauty and craftsmanship, and for how much they impart about the wearer’s identity, be it age, status or taste.
Thames and Hudson/V&A London 2020, ISBN 9780500480571, paperback, £ 24.95.
Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk
Anna Jackson (editor)
The kimono is the ultimate signifier of Japan: revered within the country as the embodiment of national culture and regarded internationally as an exotic fascination. This book presents the kimono as dynamic and fashionable, and explores its significance in historical and contemporary contexts, both in Japan and in the West.
V&A London 2020, ISBN 9781851779925, hardcover, $ 43.
Dancing the Dharma: Religious and Political Allegory in Japanese Noh Theater
Susan Blakely Klein
This book examines the theory and practice of allegory by exploring a select group of medieval Japanese noh plays and treatises. The author demonstrates how medieval esoteric commentaries on the tenth-century poem-tale Isemonogatari and the first imperial waka poetry anthology Kokinwakashū influenced the plots, characters, imagery, and rhetorical structure of seven plays.
Harvard East Asian Monographs 2020, ISBN 9780674247840, hardcover.
Printing Landmarks: Popular Geography and MeishoZue in Late Tokugawa Japan
This book tells the story of the late Tokugawa period’s most distinctive form of popular geography: meishozue. Beginning with the publication of Miyakomeishozue in 1780, these monumental books deployed lovingly detailed illustrations and informative prose to showcase famous places (meisho) in ways that transcended the limited scope, quality, and reliability of earlier guidebooks and gazetteers.
Harvard East Asian Monographs 2020, ISBN 9780674247871, hardcover.
This book by Matthi Forrer, one of the leading experts on ukiyo-e art, traces Kuniyoshi’s entire career. Chapters look at the major aspects of Kuniyoshi’s oeuvre; his book illustrations and portraits of fashionable women; his enormously popular series featuring actors, warriors, and landscapes; and the influence of Western art on his career.
Penguin Random House 2020, ISBN 9783791385099, hardcover, $ 149.
Japanese Political Theatre in the 18th Century: Bunraku Puppet Plays in Social Context
Akihiro Odanaka & Masami Iwai
In this book the authors tackle the wealth of bunraku plays underrepresnted in English through reexamining their siginifcance on a global scale. Little is written on the fact that bunraku theatre, despite its elegant figures of puppets and exotic stories, was often made as a place to manifest the political concerns of playwrights in the 18th century, hence a reflection of the audience's expectation which could not have materialised outside the theatre.
Routledge 2020, ISBN 9780367150624, hardback, £ 120.
Breaking out of Tradition: Japanese Lacquer, 1890-1950
Jan Dees (editor)
This publication examines the revolution in Japanese lacquer art from the end of the 19th until the middle of the 20th century. In an era marked by political and cultural change the founding of art societies and academies led to the strengthening of artists as individuals. Traditional values stood in opposition to modern tendencies, in many cases coming from the West.
Hirmer Verlag 2020, ISBN: 9783777435060, softcover, £ 39,95.
Decorative Japanese Painting: The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art
This book explores the history of Rinpa from its birth, evolution and rebirth in modern times through carefully selected artworks of important figures in Rinpa history, including many national treasures and important cultural properties.
PIE International 2020, ISBN 9784756253118, softcover, £ 27,50.
The Art of Impermanence
The dazzling range of art and objects in this beautifully photographed catalogue to the exhibition The Art of Impermanence: Japanese Works from the John C Weber Collection and Mr & Mrs John D Rockefeller (Asia Society, Ney York) show the broad, yet nuanced, ways that the notion of the ephemeral manifests itself in the arts of Japan throughout history.
Asia Society 2020, ISBN 9788833670836, $ 65.
Reframing Disability in Manga
This book analyzes popular Japanese manga published from the 1990s to the present that portray the everyday lives of adults and children with disabilities in an ableist society.
University of Hawai’i Press 2020, ISBN 9780824882365, hardback, $ 62.
Behold the Buddha: Religious meanings of Japanese Buddhist Icons
This book invites readers to imagine how pre-modern Japanese Buddhists understood and experienced icons in temple settings long before the advent of museums and the internet. Although widely portrayed in the last century, Buddhist images were traditionally treated as the very embodiment of the Buddha, his palpable presence among people.
University of Hawai’i Press 2020, ISBN 9780824879990, paperback, $ 24.
Seeing Zen: Zenga from the Kaeru-An Collection
John Stevens & Felix Hess
In addition to presenting highlights of the spectacular Kaeru-An collection, the book is a tour-de-force of idiosyncratic art and scholarship, and even - since Zenga are meant to instruct and enlighten - a meditation manual. Each artwork selected for Seeing Zen is presented on a full page in full color, with accompanying Japanese text from the artwork, English translation, and a contemplative commentary.
Floating World Editions 2020, ISBN 9781891640971, hardcover, $ 70.
Highlights of Japanese Printmaking: Part Six - The Baron J. Bachofen von Echt Collection of Golden Age Ukiyo-e
An extraordinary collection of Japanese woodblock prints, The Baron J. Bachofen von Echt Collection of Golden Age Ukiyo-e, is comprised of a highly selective group of twenty-two figural woodblock prints produced during a period considered the highpoint of the genre, known as the 'golden age' of ukiyo-e, reaching its peak in the last decade of the 18th century.
Scholten Japanese Art 2020, ISBN 9780971366589, $ 40.
The Private World of Surimono: Japanese Prints from the Virginia Shawan Drosten and Patrick Kenadjian Collection
Sadako Ohki, with Adam Haliburton
A scholarly publication on surimono, with names and titles in kanji characters as well as transliterations and translations of the poems on the catalogued prints. It is a critical resource for scholars of Japanese art and history and offers general readers insight into this rare and innovative print form.
The Yale University Art Gallery 2020, ISBN 978-0-300-24711-4, paperback, ca $ 40.
Exporting Japanese Aesthetics, Evolution from Tradition to Cool Japan
Tets Kimura & Jennifer Harris (editors)
This publication brings together historical and contemporary case studies addressing the evolution of international impacts and influences of Japanese culture and aesthetics. It draws on a wide range of examples from a multidisciplinary team of scholars exploring transnational, regional and global contexts. Studies include the impact of traditional Japanese theatre and art through to the global popularity of contemporary anime and manga.
Sussex Academic Press 2020, ISBN 978-1-78976-001-9, hardcover, ca £ 75.
The Elegance of Hosokawa, Tradition of a Samurai Family
Bettina Zorn, editor
Through some 85 magnificent objects, including weapons, splendid armour, China-ink drawings and paintings, ceramics and lacquer work as well as theatre masks and costumes, the volume reveals the glittering panorama of a samurai family between martial elitism and artistry.
Hirmer Verlag 2020, ISBN 978-3-7774-3352-3, hardcover, ca £ 40.
Catalogue of the Feinberg Collection of Japanese Art
Rachel Saunders, editor
Over more than four decades, Robert and Betsy Feinberg have assembled the finest private collection of Edo-period Japanese painting in the United States. Twelve contributors use the latest scholarship to offer sensitive close readings that bring these remarkable collection to life.
Yale University Press, July 2020, ISBN 9780300250909, hardcover, ca $ 65.
Women and the Asian Art Market in Nineteenth-Century France (1853–1914)
The stories of women collectors and shopkeepers rarely appear in memoirs left by those associated with the japoniste movement. This book brings to light the culturally important, yet largely forgotten artistic activities of these women.
Bloomsbury Visual Arts, July 2020, ISBN 9781501344633, hardcover, ca $120.
Critical design in Japan, Material culture, luxury, and the avant-garde
This book tells the story of critical avant-garde design in Japan, which emerged during the 1960s and continues to inspire designers today.
Manchester University Press, February 2020, ISBN 978-1-5261-3997-9, hardcover, ca £ 80.
Arte y Nación. El Discurso de la Historia del Arte en el Japón Meiji
Daniel Sastre de la Vega
The author analyses the roads that led to the arrival in Japan of a Western academic discipline in the Meiji era (in Spanish).
Published by Bellaterra, 2019, ISBN 978 84 7290 931 1, ca € 17.
Japanese Woodblock Prints and Collectors in the Czech Lands
A comprehensive look at the history of the collecting of Japanese woodblock prints in Bohemia and Moravia, which tied in with the broader phenomenon of Japanese art collecting in Europe in the second half of the 19th century.
National Gallery in Prague/Národní galerie Praha, 2019, hardback, Czech and English version, ca € 40.
Erich “Chnolli” Gross. Leben
A book by the Swiss art collector and jazz lover Erich Gross on his life and passion for the arts (in German).
edition abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz, Diessenhofen, 2019, ISBN 978-3-03858-710-1, hardcover, € 30,30.
Gisela Müller, Erich “Chnolli” Gross. Sammlungen
A book on the art collectors Erich Gross and his wife Gisela Müller (in German). They donated the Japanese woodblock prints from their collection to the Museum Rietberg in Zürich.
edition abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz, Diessenhofen, 2019, ISBN 978-3-03858-711-8, hardcover, € 30,30.
Haiku-Surimono. The Haiku Surimono collection album of the old man Baimin, Vol.1
Hans Bjarne Thomsen
This publication comprises a facsimile edition of the original, with scholarly descriptions added. It accompanies the exhibition ‘Surimono-Poetry prints of the Shijō school’ at the Museum Rietberg in Zürich.
edition abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz, Diessenhofen, 2019, ISBN 978-3-03858-712-5, hardcover, € 36,30.
Utagawa Yoshiiku (1833-1904). Creatività e ricchezza cromatica alla fine di un'era
Catalogue of the Yoshiiku exhibition in Museo di Palazzo Poggi, Bologna (in Italian). It comprises an introduction to the artist and essays on 44 of his woodblock prints.
Sistema Museale di Ateneo. Università di Bologna, 2019, ISBN 978-88-943184-1-8, paperback, € 15.
Japanese Woodblock Prints (1680–1938)
This XXL book (weight ca 5.7 Kg!) shows 200 most exceptional Japanese woodblock prints from 1680–1938. Drawing from the finest impressions in museums and private collections around the world, it features the work of 89 artists as well as 17 fold-outs. Introductions and descriptive texts in English, German, and French.
Taschen, Köln, November 2019, ISBN 978-3-8365-6336-9, hardcover, ca € 150.
Studies from Nature
Kitagawa Utamaro (Illustrator), Translated by John T. Carpenter
Essays by John T. Carpenter, Alfred Haft and Alex Kerr
Five hand-crafted books of exquisite Japanese art and poetry in facsimile for the first time.
The Folio Society, London, Limited to 500 numbered sets £495.00.
The Life of Animals in Japanese Art
Robert T. Singer and Masatomo Kawai (eds)
Contributions by Barbara R. Ambros, Tom Hare, Federico Marcon
A sweeping exploration of animals in Japanese art and culture across sixteen centuries, featuring some 300 masterpieces from public and private collections.
Princeton University Press, 2019, ISBN 9780691191164, Hardback, ca $65.
Hinges, Sakaki Hyakusen and the Birth of Nanga Painting
Julia M White (Ed)
Exhibition catalog focusing on the art of Sakaki Hyakusen (1697–1752), the founding father of the Nanga school of painting in Japan. Includes a special chapter on conservation techniques and best practices in East Asian painting.
University of California, 2019, ISBN 9780520304475, hardcover, ca $60.
Parallel Modernism, Koga Harue and Avant-Garde Art in Modern Japan
Historical study recasting modern art in Japan as a ‘parallel modernism’ that was visually similar to Euroamerican modernism, but developed according to its own internal logic. Using the art and thought of prominent Japanese modern artist Koga Harue (1895–1933) as a lens to understand this process.
University of California, 2019, ISBN 9780520299825, hardcover, ca $70.
The Art of Persistence: Akamatsu Toshiko and the Visual Cultures of Transwar Japan
The Art of Persistence examines the relations between art and politics in transwar Japan, exploring these via a microhistory of the artist, memoirist, and activist Akamatsu Toshiko (1912–2000).
University of Hawaii Press, 2019, ISBN 9780824878283, Hardback, ca $72.
Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art, Selections from the Collection of Mary and Cheney Cowles
Maribeth Graybill (ed)
What began as an almost casual interest in collecting early Imari ware evolved, over time, into a passion for Japanese paintings and calligraphy.
University of Washington Press, January 2020, ISBN 9781883124410, hardcover, ca $45.
Changing and Unchanging Things, Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan
Dakin Hart & Mark Dean Johnson (eds)
An account of how their joint exploration of traditional Japanese culture influenced their contemporary and subsequent work.
University of California Press, 2019, ISBN: 9780520298224, hardcover, ca $65.
The Saburo Hasegawa Reader
Mark Dean Johnson & Dakin Hart (eds)
An open access companion to the bilingual catalogue copublished with The Noguchi Museum to accompany an international touring exhibition, Changing and Unchanging Things: Isamu Noguchi and Saburo Hasegawa in Postwar Japan.
University of California Press, 2019, ISBN: 9780520298996, Paperback, ca $35.
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The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated
John T. Carpenter and Melissa McCormick with Monika Bincsik and Kyoko Kinoshita
This handsomely designed and illustrated book explores the outstanding art associated with Genji through in-depth essays and discussions of more than one hundred works.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2019, ISBN 9781588396655, hardcover, ca $65.
The Allure of Japanese Contemporary Clay
Joan B. Mirviss
This bilingual book explores the historic, artistic, economic and social factors that have effectuated the booming interest abroad in contemporary Japanese ceramics, most particularly in the United States.
Published by Mitsumura Suiko Shoin, Kyoto, 2019, ISBN 9784838105922, paperback, ca € 30.
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Tanaka Ryôhei, Etchings of Rural Japan
Chris van Otterloo
A monograph in English dedicated to the life and oeuvre of Tanaka Ryôhei (1933). More than 130 representative works have been selected for this issue.
Hotei Publishing, 2019, ISBN 978-90-04-40135-8, paperback, ca €39.
Yokai: Strange Beasts & Weird Spectres: 100 Japanese Triptychs
Ringo Yoshida (ed)
Images of Japanese woodblock triptychs from the 19th century covering the entire spectrum of the supernatural and the outlandish.
Shinbaku, 2018, ISBN 978-1-84068-335-6, paperback, ca $35.
(Edo’s gardening fever: People’s flowers seen in ukiyo-e)
Catalogue (in Japanese) of an exhibition illustrating over 200 Japanese woodblock prints with plants, flowers, and scenic spots.
Tobacco and Salt Museum, 2019, ISBN 978-4-924989-85-6, paperback, ca $38.00.
Publication edited by Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere and Matsuba Ryoko
in conjunction with the British Museum's exhibition Manga
Showcases the work of Japan’s most influential manga creators, with printed manga extracts, original drawings, manga magazines, theatre, film, digital technologies and exclusive interviews with artists, editors and publishers.
Thames & Hudson & British Museum, 2019, ISBN 978-0-500-48049-6, paperback, ca £ 30.
The Forty-Seven Rōnin: The Vendetta in History
John A. Tucker
Study, based on primary sources of one of Japan’s most contested event, the Akô rônin vendetta, that generated a steady flow of novels, kabuki plays and woodblock prints.
Cambridge University Press, 2018, ISBN 978-1-107-48075-9, Paperback, ca $32.
The True Story of the Vendetta of the 47 Ronin from Akô
A magnum opus of the Vendetta of the 47 Ronin from Akô telling the storyin a historical and literary manner, based on surviving primary documents.
Leete's Island Books, 2019, ISBN 978-0918172778, Paperback, ca $28.
History of Art in Japan
Tsuji Nobuo. Translated by Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere
A fully illustrated overview of Japanese art, written by one of Japan’s most distinguished art historians. This masterful account of the country’s exceptional cultural heritage sheds light on how Japan has nurtured distinctive aesthetics, prominent artists, and movements that have achieved global influence and popularity.
Columbia University Press, 2019, ISBN 9780231193412, paperback, ca $35.
Shirakaba and Japanese Modernism
Analysis of key moments in modern Japanese art and intellectual history by focusing on the artists most closely affiliated with Shirakaba, including Takamura Kōtarō, Umehara Ryūzaburō, and Kishida Ryūsei.
Brill, 2019, ISBN: 978-90-04-39363-9, paperback, ca €105.
Great Tokyo: One Hundred Views by Koizumi Kishio
Maureen de Vries
Catalogue of the exibition of the complete series ‘One hundred views of great Tokyo in the Shōwa era’ made by Koizumi Kishio between 1928 and 1937. The catalogue (in English) contains an in-depth essay on the creation of the series and illustrates all 100 prints.
Nihon no hanga, 2019, € 7,50.
Japan Supernatural, Ghosts, Goblins and Monsters 1700s to now
This book takes you on a journey of discovery of the astonishing array of yōkai (supernatural beings) and yūrei (ghosts) – from fiendish goblins through to mischievous shapeshifters – that have inhabited Japanese culture for centuries.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia, 2019, ISBN 97841741469, Paperback, ca $45.
Aziatische Kunst, Jaargang 49, Nr. 2, July 2019
Bulletin of the Koninklijke Vereniging van Vrienden der Aziatisch Kunst (in Dutch).
Fine Netsuke, Sagemono & Okimono
Auction Catalogue, No. NE1119 (Auction November 2019).
331 Lots. All in colour.
Paperback, Vienna, November 2019.
Edo Geijutsu (Edo Art)
Sales catalogue of New Acquisitions, No. 91, 462 Lots. All in colour.
Paperback, Tokyo, October 2019.
Important Eighteenth Century Japanese Prints
Sales catalogue 15, 30 items provided with scholarly descriptions.
Paperback, New Yok, November 2019.
Japanese Prints, Paintings and Books
Sales catalogue 25, recent acquisitions, 80 items.
Paperback, London, October 2019.
Japanese Works of Art
Sales catalogue, 47 items, metalwork, lacquer, inro, netsuke, pipe cases, cloisonné enamel, etc.
Paperback, London, October 2019.
Sales catalogue no. 61, 91 items, paintings and prints
Paperback, September 2019.