Visions from the Golden Land
Burma and the Art of Lacquer
Asian lacquer is created by painting the resin of the Chinese lacquer tree onto boxes, vessels, furniture and statues, where it forms a hard surface that can be polished, carved, decorated and inlaid. With over 200 colour illustrations, this book examines the tradition of Burmese lacquerwork, exploring the methods of production, regional styles and variations, and how the decorative objects reflect Burmese culture in Buddhist devotional items or containers for betel-chewing ingredients.
A Dialogue With the Past
Scottish artist Paul Binnie became interested in the techniques of Japanese print-making in the 1990s and moved to Japan to learn ukiyo-e woodblock carving and printing and kappazuri-e stencil printing from Japanese masters. This catalogue from his exhibition in Kyoto, Japan, presents his first 100 prints made in the style, the subject matter ranging from traditional Kabuki actors and cloud studies to tattooed nudes.
Korean Buddhist Sculpture
Art and Truth
In this authoritative collection of seven essays, the former chief curator of the National Museum of Korea considers iconographical, stylistic and philosophical aspects of Korea’s Buddhist sculptural masterpieces, as well as the correspondence between truth and beauty in the nation’s religious art. Beginning with an essay on the history of Korean Buddhist sculpture, Woobang examines the Seokguram cave temple, the Divine Bell of King Seongdeok, and two ‘Pensive Image’ sculptures housed in the National Museum.
The Kingdom of Siam
The Art of Central Thailand, 1350–1800
The Kingdom of Ayutthaya – or Siam as foreigners knew it – prevailed over four centuries and played a pivotal role in the development of modern Thailand; yet its cultural heritage is largely forgotten. Published for a 2005 exhibition in San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum, this richly illustrated guide includes essays on Ayutthaya’s economic, architectural and religious history, as well as a catalogue of the exhibition’s 89 objects, including Hindu and Buddhist sculpture, temple furnishings, jewellery and textiles.
Japanese Prints During the Allied Occupation 1945–1952
The printmaker Onchi Kōshirō and his circle were instrumental in finding new directions for Japanese art after the devastation of the war. Encouraged by American graphic artist, Ernst Hacker, who was posted to Japan in 1945, the achievements of the period are recognized in this selection of prints, the basis of which is Hacker's own collection, recently given to the British Museum, comprising the work of Onchi, Hacker himself and Munakata Shikō, among others.
Standard Script for Beginners
This slim volume, first published in 2004, is written by a world-renowned calligraphy artist and teacher, who has been practising this 3,000-year-old art for over 40 years. Qu Lei Lei covers basics such as how to hold the brush and which tools and materials to use, while black-and-white photographs and illustrations demonstrate the dots and strokes that make up each calligraphic character.