Japanese Art Exhibitions and Creative Web Resources

  1. Seasonal Imagery in Japanese Art From ancient times to the present, the Japanese people have celebrated the beauty of the seasons. Painters and artisans created works of visual beauty in response to seasonal themes and poetic inspiration - the cherry blossoms in spring and the harvest moon in the fall are just two examples. This is from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Timeline of Art History.

  2. Japanese Art History I is a brief introduction to Japanese art from the early Jomon Period (11,000 - 300 BC) to the Muromachi Period (1333 - 1573).

  3. Japanese Art History II begins with the Momoyama Period (1573 - 1603) and finishes with the current Heisei Period.

  4. E-Yakimono II is on online bookstore concentrating on Japanese ceramics (the "e" is for "electronic," not the Japanese for "picture"). There is a lot of general information about ceramics, the best traditional potters in Japan today, and a guide to glazes, kilns, and types of pottery, ie. Bizen, Kyo-yaki, and Karatsu. Each topic has links to many other sites on the subject. Excellent site!

  5. Timelines of Art History is a great feature from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This lists all the topics they cover. Each includes an essay and three to 12 examples from the Met's collection. Topics are arranged by historical period and by theme, such as the seasons in Japanese art. Note: there is an essay on Korean pottery and two other essays on East Asia that seem to be out of place here.

  6. Folding Paper The Infinite Possibilities of Origami is an exhibit organized by the non-profit International Arts & Artists that is traveling around the United States from 2012 - 2014.

  7. Freer and Sackler Galleries YouTube Channel From short introductory videos to full lectures, you can learn more about traditional and contemporary Japanese and Chinese art through over 20 YouTube videos. Have fun browsing.

  8. Birds In The Art of Japan was an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013. There were over 140 artworiks, from scuplture to screens to hanging scrolls. All works are cataloged here with large, clear images and all the label copy. It's a super resource.


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