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Volume 33 – Number 9

Nov 2002


The Edo Pleasure Districts as 'Pornotopia'
Woodblock Art in East Asia
Woodblock Carvers of the Ming Period

Korean Bronze Mirrors

Reflections on a Decorated Nataraja

Chinese Experimental Art in the 1990s

Interview with Wu Hung, Wang Huangsheng and Feng Boyi

Pistol (teppo), from the series Five Shades of Ink in the Northern Quarter
By Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806), c. 1795
Colour woodblock print
The Art Institute of Chicago

To mark the conference organized by Sotheby's Institute of Art as part of Asian Art in London, three articles this month focus on woodblock printing in East Asia. Timon Screech examines the influence of ukiyo-e artists on Japanese perceptions of the pleasure quarters in Edo. Joseph McDermott delves into the world of the woodblock carver during the Ming period. Anne Farrer provides an overview of the upcoming conference. Bronze mirrors in Korea have tended to receive less attention from scholars than their Chinese and Japanese counterparts. Charlotte Horlyck discusses the extent to which Korean mirrors were based on models from neighboring coutnries and argues that indigenous features were also incorporated into mirror designs. Indian sculpture in a museum setting is familiary to many in the West, but its true function in ritual and workship is often overlooked. The adornment of deities and their central role in temple festivals and processions are the subject of Richard Davis' essay on a decorated Shiva image.
This year the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou holds its first Triennial of Chinese contemporary art. Drawing on works included in the show, chief curator Wu Hung outlines developments in the field during the 1990s. Fellow curators Wang Huangsheng and Feng Boyi join Wu in a dialogue on the background to the exhibition.
Also in this issue is our listing of the full programme of auctions and dealer exhibitions for Asian Art in London.
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