Multcolib Picks: Samurai! As Artist
Annotation:Despite the enormous gap in social status between the ordinary tailor, fishmonger, or farmer and the military aristocracy, the exploits of famous samurai were widely known from such sources as itinerant story tellers, Noh and Kabuki drama, and the visual arts.
Annotation:The first book on Japanese calligraphy from the significant Momoyama and Edo periods, 77 Dances examines the art of writing at a time when it was undergoing a remarkable flowering, as illustrated by over 100 sumptuous illustrations.
Annotation:Kakuzo Okakura perceived chanoyu — literally, "the way of tea" — as a form of spiritual culture, a discipline that transforms itself into the Art of Life.
Annotation:Ukiyo-e ("pictures of the floating world") is an art form that originated in the metropolitan culture of Edo (Tokyo) in the early 17th century and involved collaboration between artist, carver, printer and publisher.
Annotation:Covering the period from the beginning of the Japanese woodblock print in the 1680s until the year 1900, this book provides a detailed survey of all the major artists, along with the images on which their fame rests.
Annotation:A comprehensive introduction to the powerful mystique and dynamism of the Japanese stone garden — from their earliest use as props in animistic rituals, to their appropriation by Zen monks and priests to create settings conducive to contemplation and finally to their contemporary uses and meaning.
Annotation:This superbly illustrated, accessibly written volume examines netsuke in the context of Japanese life and details the origins of designs that have evolved through the centuries.
Annotation:This in-depth study of haiku history begins with the great early masters of the form takes us on a tour of haiku's evolution, providing along the way a wealth of examples of the poetry and the art inspired by it.
Annotation:The Japanese-born performing art, Noh combines dance, drama, music and poetry influenced by Zen philosophy. With a 600-year history, it is the world's oldest performing art.
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Not just a warrior, the samurai was expected to excel in the arts to balance his roles as both artist and patron. This list supplements the Samurai! exhibition at the Portland Art Museum, October 5, 2013-January 12, 2014.