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23 Jul 19
Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan

Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan

Review by Laurence Green

This publication showcases the Saint Louis Art Museum’s collection of Japanese military prints and related materials-one of the largest collections of such works in the world. This body of visual works chronicles Japan’s rise as a modern nation from the beginning of the Meiji Restoration in 1868 through the aftermath of Pearl Harbor in 1942, with a focus on the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese wars.

26 Mar 19
The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated

The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated

Review by Timon Screech

In recognition of the 1000th anniversary of the Tale of Genji the Metropolitan Museum has mounted a glorious exhibition and published this catalogue.

08 Nov 18
Ninja: Unmasking the Myth by Stephen Turnbull

Ninja: Unmasking the Myth by Stephen Turnbull

Review by George Mullins

With references to Japanese linguistics, art and modern popular culture, Ninja: Unmasking the Myth is an entertaining, yet informative, book that offers a clear and thought-provoking introduction to the elusive history of the ninja or shinobi.

19 Oct 18
Japanese Prints: The Collection of Vincent van Gogh

Japanese Prints: The Collection of Vincent van Gogh

Review by Beau Waycott

Published by the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, this volume is a collection of enriching essays detailing Van Gogh’s relationship with Japanese art and the influence it had over him. Accompanied by beautiful, full-colour prints of both European and Japanese works, this is an art book that holds true and tangible value in its aesthetic design and intellectual property.

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