This exquisitely produced volume focuses on the influential artist Kamisaka Sekka, who reinvented classical Japanese style, merging tradition with modernity to create an entirely new design language.
Exhibition Itinerary: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney June 22–August 26, 2012 Published in association with the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
KAMISAKA SEKKA DAWN OF MODERN JAPANESE DESIGN EDITED BY KHANH TRINH, WITH CONTRIBUTIONS BY JOHN SZOSTAK AND RICHARD L. WILSON Born in the 19th century, Kamisaka Sekka was schooled in the Rinpa tradition—a classical Japanese style that incorporated scenes of nature and delicate lines. He was also at the forefront of an effort on the part of the Japanese government to broaden the country’s artistic influences. Sekka traveled to the West, which exposed him to Art Nouveau and other important styles and also made him aware of the influence of Japanese art on European painters. When Sekka returned to Japan, he brought this knowledge home with him, determined to revive Rinpa for the modern industrial consumer age. The result was a unique visual language of bold, dynamic compositions and an innovative approach to production that cemented his reputation as one of the great visionaries of modern Japanese design. This lavishly illustrated volume explores the evolution of Rinpa, comparing Sekka’s work to that of other masters. Beautiful reproductions of Sekka’s scroll and screen paintings and designs for lacquerware, ceramics, and textiles demonstrate how Sekka reimagined the traditional arts of Japan. The book also explores the enduring impact of Rinpa on contemporary Japanese art and fashion, including works by the artist Ai Yamaguchi and the fashion designer Akira Isogawa. KHANH TRINH is Curator of Japanese Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. JOHN SZOSTAK is Professor of Japanese Art History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. RICHARD L. WILSON is Professor of Art and Archaeology at the International Christian University, Tokyo.
192 pages with 360 color illustrations Paperback 71/4 x 83/4 in. / 18.5 x 22 cm 978-3-7913-4753-0 US$50 Can.$55 Publication date: January 2013 Available in North America only
This decade-by-decade exploration of Francis Bacon’s paintings draws insightful parallels between the artist’s personal life and the thematic evolution of his oeuvre.
Exhibition Itinerary: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney November 17, 2012–February 24, 2013 Published in association with the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
FRANCIS BACON FIVE DECADES EDITED BY ANTHONY BOND, WITH CONTRIBUTIONS BY MARGARITA CAPPOCK, REBECCA DANIELS, MARTIN HARRISON, AND ERNST VAN ALPHEN In the 1940s Francis Bacon achieved a creative breakthrough that would propel his work until his death in 1992. This generously illustrated monograph opens with that fecund period, then traces subsequent periods of exceptional artistic output, decade by decade, through the end of Bacon’s career. Gorgeous color illustrations allow readers to study the artist’s darkly expressive palette and powerful imagery through his series of screaming popes, portraits of friends, mourning triptychs, scenes from Greek mythology, and, finally, selfportraits inspired by an awareness of his own mortality. Thought-provoking essays provide further insight into Bacon’s world both within and without the studio. The volume includes a wide range of photographs and archival material to round out this penetrating study of one of the most visceral—and influential—artists of his generation. ANTHONY BOND is Assistant Director Curatorial at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. MARGARITA CAPPOCK is Head of Collections at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Ireland. REBECCA DANIELS is an independent scholar. MARTIN HARRISON is the editor of the forthcoming Francis Bacon: The Catalogue Raisonné. ERNST VAN ALPHEN is Professor of Literary Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands.
240 pages with 215 color illustrations Hardcover 83/4 x 11 in. / 22 x 27.5 cm 978-3-7913-4758-5 US$65 Can.$70 Publication date: March 2013 Available in North America only