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Volume 36 – Number 7

Oct 2005

The National Museum of Korea opens on 28 October at a new state-of-the-art complex in Yongsan Park in Seoul. The museum's curators take us on a visit of their new galleries, highlighting the treasures of Korean and Asian art on display there.

We also pay tribute to Stephen Addiss who turned seventy this year. Addiss' own article shows how the Japanese transformed the genre of Chinese literati painting and made it their own, and Joan Baekeland sheds light on his remarkable career and inspirational scholarship.
A symposium that was to have been held in Addiss' honour in New Orleans at the end of September was postponed in the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. As one of the great cultural cities of America, New Orleans is also home to several significant collections of Asian art. At the time of going to press, the extent of damage remains uncertain but, with the enthusiasm of the arts community, the rich civic life of the city will surely return.
Shirley Mueller examines the evolving form of the teapot when tea-drinking was introduced to the West. So Kam Ng Lee introduces an exhibition of Shiwan ceramics in San Francisco, while John Vollmer reviews the show on Yuan material culture in Hangzhou. There are previews of 'Asian Art in London' and Laura Whitman examines the impact of the expanding market in Chinese painting on Western dealers.
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