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Kamakura Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan Edited by Ive Covaci

With contributions by Hank Glassman, D. Max Moerman, Samuel C. Morse and Nedachi Kensuke The Kamakura period (1185–1333) is considered a pinnacle of Japanese artistic expression, often described as a renaissance in Buddhist art. This book is the first in over two decades to examine the exquisite sculpture of this period, artwork characterised by an intense corporeal presence, naturalistic proportions, a sense of movement, realistic drapery and lifelike facial expressions animated by eyes made of inlaid crystal. The sculptures played an important role in the practice of Buddhism during these years, as the vivid representations facilitated an immediate communion between deity and worshipper. The custom of placing sacred relics, texts and even miniature icons into the sculptures’ hollow interiors, further enlivened the works and invested them with spiritual significance. Essays by noted scholars explore the sculptures’ arresting exteriors and powerful interiors, examining the technical and stylistic innovations that made them possible, and offering new context for their ritual and devotional uses. Exhibition Asia Society Museum, New York, 09/02/16–08/05/16 Ive Covaci is a lecturer in art history at Fairfield University. Published in association with Asia Society Museum

65 colour illus. 192 pp. 305x229mm. HB ISBN 978-0-300-21577-9 February £45.00/$65.00

Ji Yun-fei Last Days of Village Wen Anita Chung Drawing upon the Cleveland Museum of Art’s world-renowned collection of Chinese paintings, this volume presents an insightful study of a newly acquired work that occasions dialogue between traditional forms of art and contemporary environmental issues. Centred on a current and highly controversial venture that involves diverting water from the country’s Yangzi River, Ji Yun-fei’s visually complex painting, Last Days of Village Wen, uses the traditional Chinese form of the scroll to convey a fictional narrative addressing real and palpable concerns. The contentious undertaking has resulted in mass human migration and destruction of ecosystems, spurring the artist to reflect on shifting values and to use painting as a vehicle for potential change. This book explores how Ji Yun-fei’s work situates itself within that tense tract between the old and the new, as he incorporates elements of both history and fantasy to highlight modern society’s increasing detachment from ancient notions of harmonious human/nature relationships. Exhibition The Cleveland Museum of Art, 12/02/16–31/07/16 Formerly curator of Chinese art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Anita Chung is chief operating officer at the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, Hong Kong. Distributed for the Cleveland Museum of Art Translation rights: Cleveland Museum of Art

50 colour illus. 80 pp. 254x292mm. PB ISBN 978-0-300-22032-2 April £16.99/$25.00

Beauty and Identity Islamic Art from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Linda Komaroff This exquisitely illustrated volume features 150 works from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s rich holdings of Islamic art. The objects – including brilliantly glazed pottery, enamelled and gilded glass, inlaid metalwork, carved ornamental stone and wood, sumptuous woven textiles, and vividly illuminated and superbly written manuscripts and single pages – span the area extending from southern Spain to northern India, and range in date from the 7th century up to the modern era. Full-colour plate images are accompanied by descriptions in both English and Arabic, organised chronologically and thematically. Among the book’s essays is an illustrated narration of the museum’s recently conserved Damascus Room. Published here for the first time, this stunning room retains its original brightly painted surfaces. Beautiful and authoritative, this book is an essential guide to global Islamic art. Exhibition The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Dhahran, March 2016–February 2018 Linda Komaroff is curator of Islamic art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Distributed for the Los Angeles Museum of Art Translation rights: Los Angeles County Museum of Art

200 colour illus. 240 pp. 260x230mm. HB ISBN 978-1-943042-03-6 February £45.00/$65.00 56 Art

Yale spring | summer 2016 catalogue  

A catalogue of new and forthcoming publications from Yale University Press

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