Japanese Art Exhibitions and Creative Web Resources

  1. The Arts of Asia The Minneapolis Museum of Art has put together a very interesting web gallery of the Arts of Asia. There are beautiful Japanese art works as well as information about the history and culture of Japan. Check out the great maps.

  2. The Creative Eye The Asia Society invited artists, architects and writers to select an item from their collection of Indian, Japanese, South East Asian and Chinese art then write comments about the art. Some of the texts are scholarly, some poetic, some personal and some all three. Choose some of the 75 artworks yourself and see if you and the commentator agree.

  3. Fire Over Earth Through the seven artworks in this Asia Society web exhibition, you'll learn about the ceramic traditions of China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. This area of the world is rich in clay and the minerals needed to make brilliant artworks that are artisticly beautiful and technically outstanding.

  4. More Than Meets The Eye: Japanese Art in the Asia Society Collection This web exhibition features more than twenty-five artworks, including paintings, prints, sculpture, and ceramics from the Neolithic to the early modern period. The exhibition shows how patrons influenced the production of art and how artists tailored their artistic approach to differing ideals of "Japaneseness" at critical times in Japan's history.

  5. Masterpieces of Japanese Art The Burke Collection is the feature of this web exhibition. The 15 artworks include brilliantly colored screens, ceramics, woodblock prints and scrolls. You'll learn about the interests of royalty and the common people.

  6. The Virtual Museum of Japanese Arts This web gallery introduces you to six different categories of Japanese art: Fine Arts, Crafts, Performing Arts, Pasttime Arts, Martial Arts and Others. It's a good introduction to the broad range of art and artists.

  7. 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.

  8. 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).

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

  10. 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!

  11. Searchable Map of Japan can be used to get more detailed views of each major area and many cities and tourist areas.

  12. 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.

  13. Kimonos Jeff Hays has compiled a very interesting site with information about kimonos, their history, how to wear them and kimonos as art.

  14. 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. This link takes you to the International Arts & Artists and an explanation of the exhibit from. Check the top right hand side of the page for a link to examples of the origami and click on "More images." If you are interested in the exhibition catalog, click here

  15. 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.

  16. 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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