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.
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.