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444 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
  • Telling tales: art history's Daitokuji
  • Borrowed bodies: Abbot portraiture at Daitokuji
  • Contested corpus of Chan/Zen portraiture
  • Founder's statue at Korin'in
  • Frailty of likeness
  • Making, breaking, and remembering: the Sanmon gate and statue of Sen No Rikyu
  • Gate of memory
  • Telling the tale
  • "Crucified" portrait
  • Tracing the calligraphic past at Daitokuji
  • Writing a calligraphic category: the creation of "Bokuseki"
  • Myriad calligraphers, multifarious traces: reading Kogetsu Sogan's Bokuseki No Utsushi
  • Faking the masters: calligraphy forgery and Bokuseki No Utsushi
  • Taking in the breeze: airing the visual and textual past at Daitokuji
  • Mushiboshi at Daitokuji
  • Airings, exhibitions, and feuds
  • Repairing the temple, filling the museum: travels of the Daitokuji five hundred Luohan.
The Zen Buddhist monastery 'Daitokuji' in Kyoto has long been revered as a cloistered meditation centre, a repository of art treasures, and a wellspring of the 'Zen aesthetic'. Gregory Levine's "Daitokuji" unsettles these conventional notions with groundbreaking inquiry into the significant and surprising visual and social identities of sculpture, painting, and calligraphy associated with this fourteenth-century monastery and its enduring monastic and lay communities. This book begins with a study of Zen portraiture at 'Daitokuji' that reveals the precariousness of portrait likeness; the face that gazes out from an abbot's painting or statue may not be who we expect it to be or submit quietly to interpretation. By tracing the life of Daitokuji's famed statue of the chanoyu patriarch Sen no Riky-u (1522-91), which was all but destroyed by the ruler Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-98) but survived in Rash-omon-like narratives and reconstituted sculptural forms, Levine throws light upon the contested status of images and their mytho-poetic potential. Levine then draws from the seventeenth-century journal of K-ogetsu S-ogan, Bokuseki no utsushi, to explore practices of calligraphy connoisseurship at Daitokuji and the pivotal role played by the monastery's abbots within Kyoto art circles. This book's final section explores Daitokuji's annual airings of temple treasures not merely as a practice geared toward preservation but also as a space in which different communities vie for authority over the artistic past. An epilogue follows the peripatetic journey of the monastery's scrolls of the 500 Luohan from China to Japan, to exhibition and partial sale in the West, and back to Daitokuji. Illuminating canonical and heretofore ignored works and mining a trove of documents, diaries, and modern writings, Levine argues for the plurality of Daitokuji's visual arts and the breadth of social and ritual circumstances of art making and viewing within the monastery. This diversity encourages reconsideration of stereotyped notions of 'Zen art' and offers specialists and general readers alike opportunity to explore the fertile and sometimes volatile nexus of the visual arts and religious sites in Japan.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780295985404 20160528
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
220 p.
  • 1. Morgan Pitelka Introduction to Japanese Tea Culture 2. Andrew M. Watsky Imai Sokyu: Commerce, Politics and Tea 3. Dale Slusser The Transformation of Tea Practice in Sixteenth Century Japan 4. Louise Allison Cort Shopping for Pots in Momoyama Japan 5. Morgan Pitelka Sen Koshin Sosa: Writing Tea History 6. Patricia J. Graham Karamono for Sencha: Transformations in the Taste for Chinese Art 7. Tanimura Reiko Tea of the Warrior in the Late Tokogawa Period 8. Tim Cross Rikyu Has Left the Tea Room: Cinema Interrogates the Anecdotal Legend 9. James-Henry Holland Tea Records: Kaiki and Oboegaki in Contemporary Japanese Tea Practice.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415296878 20160527
Often thought of as a rigid ceremony, Japanese tea practice can in fact be creative, critical, performative, or playful depending on social and historical context. This volume illuminates the diverse appeal of Japanese tea culture. The authors examine tea in its many guises, ranging from a strategy for forging political alliances and gaining cultural capital in the sixteenth century, to a means of constructing private and public narratives in recent decades. They consider the role of the tea practitioner as art connoisseur and arbiter of value, and the function of the tea gathering as an idealized social gathering. They explore how tea practitioners drove cultural innovation by demanding new styles of ceramics in one period, and utensils modelled on imported Chinese pieces in another The book also demonstrates that writing history became an essential aspect of tea culture through the consideration of forms such as diaries, memoranda, manuals, guidebooks, and twentieth-century film. One of the main goals of the volume is to apply a broad, critical gaze to Japanese tea culture while avoiding the ponderous discourse common in many English-language studies of tea. It aims to decentre the highly mythologized figure of the tea master Sen no Rikyu, while also disputing the fiction of the dominance of aesthetics over politics in tea. As a whole, this book will appeal to students and teachers of Japanese culture and history, tea practitioners, and collectors of ceramics and other arts influenced by traditional Japanese design. Individual essays will appeal to specialists in more narrowly defined fields, such as the art and history of the Edo period, the material culture of sixteenth-century Kyoto, or modern film studies. Louise Cort, National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Tim Cross, Fukuoka University, Japan Patricia J. Graham James-Henry Holland, Ho.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415296878 20160527
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
xviii, 390 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Japan's Momoyama period (1573-1615) was brief but dramatic, witnessing the struggles of a handful of ambitious warlords for control of the long-splintered country and then the emergence of a united Japan. It was an era of dynamic cultural development as well, for the daimyos commissioned innovative artworks to proclaim their newly acquired power. One such art was a ceramic ware known as Oribe, which, appearing mysteriously and suddenly, rose to prominence for use in the tea ceremony. Boldly painted and displaying playful new shapes, these dashing wares matched the extroverted world of the warlords. Similar stylistic and technical inventiveness characterized painting, lacquerware and textiles of the period. In this volume, 11 essays by leading scholars and about 200 catalogue entries present outstanding examples of all these extraordinary works and examine the social and cultural contexts in which they were created.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300101959 20160528
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
1 videodisc (116 min.) : sd., color ; 4 3/4 in.
The story of Sen-no Rikyū, a Buddhist priest, who four centuries ago brought the art of the tea ceremony to perfection. Living in one of the most turbulent moments in Japanese history, Rikyu gained unexpected political influence as the confidant and cultural mentor to the powerful warlord, Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The film illustrates the classic struggle between art and politics and between the impulse to create and the impulse to destroy.
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes), Media & Microtext Center