Volume 42 – Number 4
As we go to press with our May issue, it is cherry blossom time in Japan, but there are no sakura festivities this year. Instead funds have been directed towards the earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. Likewise in Washington DC, funds raised by the organizers of the National Cherry Blossom Festival are being distributed by the Red Cross; and in New York, Japan Society’s fund (www.japansociety.org/earthquake), launched the day after the quake, raised some US$3.28 million by the end of March. This issue, with its emphasis on the imagination, vision and accomplishments of Japanese artists from the 16th century to the modern day, is dedicated to the people of Japan.
Seunghye Sun, Matthew McKelway and Russell Kelty discuss, respectively, the evolution of ‘Eight Views’ paintings in Japan, a previously unpublished screen painting, and two early Japanese maps. Patricia Graham reviews Shinji Turner-Yamamoto’s installations in Cincinnati, and Aaron Rio explains how he had an opportunity to view the Gitter-Yelen exhibition prior to the devastation.
In addition, Jane Portal introduces Korean highlights at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, while Kristina Kleutghen analyses a scenic illusion portrait from the Palace Museum, Beijing; and Edmund Lewis and Paul Moss share their views on Chinese and Japanese art.