Asian art in the Art Institute of Chicago (Book, 1993) [WorldCat.org]
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Asian art in the Art Institute of Chicago

Author: Elinor L Pearlstein; James T Ulak; Art Institute of Chicago.
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : The Institute, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For more than seventy years, The Art Institute of Chicago has stewarded one of the most remarkable assemblages of East Asian art in the United States. Renowned collections of ancient Chinese bronzes and jades, Japanese woodblock prints and early Buddhist paintings, and Chinese and Korean ceramics all contain masterpieces that exemplify the peak of these venerable, sophisticated art forms. Scroll and screen
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Pearlstein, Elinor L.
Asian art in the Art Institute of Chicago.
Chicago, Ill. : The Institute, ©1993
(OCoLC)624455171
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elinor L Pearlstein; James T Ulak; Art Institute of Chicago.
ISBN: 0810919168 9780810919167 0865590958 9780865590953
OCLC Number: 29756126
Notes: Spine title: Asian art.
Description: 152 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Contents: Preface and Acknowledgments / Yutaka Mino --
The Department of Asian Art / Elinor L. Pearlstein --
Prehistoric and Early Dynastic China --
Eastern Zhou and Han Decorative Style --
Furnishings for this World and the Next --
Buddhist Sculpture: Divine Compassion and Worldly Elegance --
Ceramics and Silver of the Golden Age --
Song Ceramics and Later Porcelain Traditions --
Traditions of Chinese Painting --
Ceramic Art of Korea --
Resplendent Presence: Japanese Sacred Imagery --
Images of Zen: Visions of Severity and Surprise --
The Emergence of Japanese Decorative Taste --
Images of the Floating World --
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Other Titles: Asian art :
Responsibility: Elinor L. Pearlstein and James T. Ulak with contribution by Naomi Noble Richard and Debirah Del Gais Muller ; preface by Yutaka Mino.

Abstract:

For more than seventy years, The Art Institute of Chicago has stewarded one of the most remarkable assemblages of East Asian art in the United States. Renowned collections of ancient Chinese bronzes and jades, Japanese woodblock prints and early Buddhist paintings, and Chinese and Korean ceramics all contain masterpieces that exemplify the peak of these venerable, sophisticated art forms. Scroll and screen paintings, stone sculpture, and metal-work illuminate other facets of the cultures of China, Korea, and Japan. In offering some eighty works of art to serve as a centerpiece of this outstanding collection, this volume focuses on brilliant points within a vast and varied cultural landscape. The authors follow routes of inquiry suggested by areas of particular depth or by single works of eminent quality.

A clay armored-guardian figure reveals the luxury of the tombs of Tang-dynasty aristocrats; a host of devotional images convey a range of religious expression, from the divine compassion and worldly elegance of Chinese Buddhist sculptures to the stern intensity in the painted visages of Japanese Zen patriarchs; and woodblock prints by revered Japanese masters provide glimpses into the tea houses and theaters of the Yoshiwara - the pleasure district of old Edo - celebrating its most popular actors and esteemed beauties. In elucidating the contexts and aesthetic qualities of these works, the authors relate recent discoveries, retell ancient stories, and help us to see objects of enduring beauty from fresh perspectives.

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