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Volume 31 – Number 4

Apr 2000

This issue coincides with 'Japanese Art from the Mary Griggs Burke Collection', an exhibition of some 200 works from the most comprehensive private holding of Japanese art in the West, which takes place at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 30 March to 25 June. Masako Watanabe examines a painting of the Second Rakan, recently acquired by the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation, as well as other extant works in the style of the Chinese painter Guanxiu. Hideo Yamamoto investigates the attribution and dating of a pair of six-panel bird-and-flower screens in the Metropolitan museum, and suggests that they could be an important part of the oeuvre of a well-known master of the Momoyama period. Taking examples from the Burke collection and the Metropolitan, Andrew Maske traces the progression of ceramic techonology and taste in the seventeenth century. Masato Naito's study of paintings by Kaburaki Kiyokata demonstrates the influence that ukiyo-eof the Edo period had on the artist and his works. In her profile of Mary Griggs Burke, Valerie C. Doran outlines the evolution of her involvemnet in and appreciation of Japanese art.

Finally, with ongoing investigations of past practices at Christie's and Sotheby's, our commentary addresses the current status of the two auction houses.
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