Book Review

 

Literary Gathering and Visual Feast--Debut of Sanyo-Do Korean Art Collection

By: Dr. Christa Chenlin, Keeper of Sanyo-Do Collection.  Published in conjunction with the exhibition "Literary Gathering and Visual Feast, Masterpieces of Korean Art from the Sanyo-Do Collection" at The Asian Art Museum in Tokyo, 2008.
The Sanyo-Do Collection of Korean art is part of a large collection of Asian Art collected by the Sanyo-Do family of Japan.  The Sanyo-Do Collection comprises of more than 3,000 works of art from China, Japan, and Korea.  The Collection was acquired by two generations of Sanyo-Do family members in the time span bettween 1930s and early 1990s.  Building an important Korean Art collection were one of the main objectives of the Sanyo-Do family's collecting activity. The acquisition policy of the family was to seek out the best among the best of Korean art objects as they appeared on the art market in the past .  The six decades. resulting collection is a group of Goryeo and Joseon ceramics with many important examples which have never been publicized before.  The Sanyo-Do Korean Art Collection also includes a small group of extremely rare and important Korean Buddhist art such as early gilt bronze Buddhist statues, and Koryo and Choson Buddhist paintings.  This volume is part of a series of books published in conjunction with the debut of Sanyo-Do Collection by Asian Art Museum of Tokyo.  The objects lavishly illustrated and described in this book are among the finest Korean art ever created, and include magnificent Goryeo celadon, Joseon buncheong wares, Korean plain and decorated white porcelains, as well as important Buddhist art object.
160 Pages, 145 full-color illustration,  21cm X 29cm, Paper back
 
Literary Gathering and Visual Feast, Debut of Sanyo-Do Korean Art Collection
Asian Art Museum of Tokyo Press, 2008
By: Christa C,. Chenlin, Ph.D.
ISBN: 978-0-9821659-0-4
Price: US$85.00

 

Greek Mythology in the Qianlong Court: The Jesuit's Nostalgic Artemis Vase

By: Dr. Christa Chenlin, Keeper of Sanyo-Do Collection, Tokyo
During early Qing Dynasty, European Jesuits were very active in the Court.  They introduced Western science and culture to Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong emperors.  Among Jesuits' most celebrated achievements was to set up the Imperial specialist Alteliers within the Palace.  Many Qing porcelain masterpieces were enameled in the Imperial Alteliers under the direct supervision of respective Emperor assisted by European Jesuits.  The Jesuits were also involved in the development and design of porcelains produced in the Imperial kiln of Jindezhen.  This book explores an unique Qianlong Imperial vase inspired by the design of ancient Greek painted pottery.   The vase is sumptuously adorned over a rich gilt ground with the Greek hunting Goddess, Artemis and her attendant riding a deer-drawn chariot among Greek geometric pattern and flowering scroll.  The author presents the magnificent vase from the Sanyo-Do Collection of Asian Art Museum with abundant full-color illustrations as she discusses the Qianlong Emperor's penchants for European subjects in his Imperial art and the Court Jesuits' role in Imperial porcelain production.
36 Pages, 28 full-color illustration,  21cm X 29cm, Paper
 
Greek Mythology in the Qianlong Court: The Jesuit's Nostalgic Artemis Vase, Paper back.
Asian Art Museum of Tokyo Press, 2008
By: Christa C,. Chenlin, Ph.D.
ISBN: 978-0-9821659-1-1
Price: US$45.00

   
 

Living With Culture: Antigua, Spanish Colony in a Time Capsule

By: Christa Chenlin, Ph.D., Professor, China Academy of Social Sciences.
Landscape architecture scholar, Christa Chenlin, explored the old Spanish colonial city, La Antigua, from her fresh point of view on living with traditional architecture in old urban environment. Founded in later half of 16th Century, La Antigua, was one of the most important cities in Spanish colonial Latin America. The city was virtually abandoned after it was devastated by a severe earthquake, the Santa Marta earthquake, in 1773. The political and commerce center were relocated to the new city of present day Guatemala City after the earthquake. The lack of development for this ancient urban enclave provided a time capsule for understanding 16th and 17th Century Spanish cityscape. This lavishly illustrated book provides in-dept description of modern living in traditional settings. It's large format photographs take the readers through a journey of the grandeur of cathedrals, the serenity of convents, and the palatial villas of wealthy Spaniards. The author also points out her insightful recommendation for how best to sustain the thriving economy of Antigua in parallel with preserving precious heritage sites.
160 Pages, 145 full-color illustration,  21cm X 29cm, Paper back
 
87 Pages, 68 full-color illustration,  21cm X 29cm, Paper
Living With Culture: Antigua, Spanish Colony in a Time Capsule,  Paper back.
Asian Art Museum of Tokyo Press, 2007
By: Christa Chenlin, Ph.D.
ISBN: 978-0-9821659-2-8
Price: US$60.00


 

Living With Art: Traditional Asian Art as We See it Today

By: K&A Design, Tokyo, Japan
This books was published in conjunction with the on-going efforts for merchandising and re-interpretation of classic Asian Art from the Asian Art Museum Collection. To initiate a creation, K&A Design extracts the aesthetics essence of each works of art before traditional motif, forms, and color scheme are designed into elements of modern living. The innovative K&A team explored diverse concepts in approaching the re-interpretation of each object of art from the Museum collection. Readers will be amazed at how the traditional art is turned into an Avant-garde furnishing which blends in perfectly with a contemporary home. In many cases, the regal presence of imperial Chinese ceramics are introduced in a fresh format devoid of cliché depiction of dragons and peony flowers. Traditional Japanese art offers unrivaled color scheme and patterns which blend in nicely with modern fashion design. The energy exuded from Korean art is presented with amplified power in various creations. The book is profusely illustrated with the design team's experimental works as well as merchandised products for home furnishings, fashions, and public art. This volume is the first of a series of books on "Living With Art" planned by Asian Art Museum Press.
160 Pages, 145 full-color illustration,  21cm X 29cm, Paper back
 
95 Pages, 76 full-color illustration,  21cm X 29cm, Paper
Living With Art: Traditional Asian Art as We See it Today,  Paper back.
Asian Art Museum of Tokyo Press, 2008
By: K&A Design, Tokyo, Japan, edited by: Akemi Ota
ISBN: 978-0-9821659-3-5
Price: US$70.00





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