The Japanese Art and Architecture guide lists resources available in the Boston University Libraries' print and online collections and also selected sites on the web.
Japan and the Illustrated London News by Terry Bennett (Volume Editor)The Illustrated London News, launched in 1842, was the world's first illustrated newspaper and an immediate success. Its first report on Japan, however, was not until eleven years later when as a result of Commodore Perry's much discussed plan to 'open' Japan it published a substantial piece entitled 'The United States Expedition to Japan' in the issue of 7 May 1853, opening with the portentous words: 'The presence of a large and powerful American fleet in the Eastern Seas possesses an unexpected interest at the present moment...' Various reports by unnamed correspondents continued for the next eight years, until August 1861 when Charles Wirgman's first report with illustrations appeared. Described as 'Our Special Artist and Correspondent', Wirgman was to be the ILN's principal source for reporting on Japan for many years, and famously reported the attack on the British Legation in July 1861 and the British bombardment of Shimonoseki in 1864. After the mid-1870s Wirgman's input declined and the work of other artists and reporters appeared instead. The ILN's own obituary on Wirgman was published on 28 March 1891. By the late 1880s new photogravure printing technology was in place and the appearance of the paper changed significantly. Furthermore, the reporting from Japan diminished noticeably; indeed, there were a number of years in the period featured in this volume when not a single item on Japan appeared. But in the mid-1890s the ILN carried in-depth reporting on the Sino-Japanese War (1894-5), to the virtual exclusion of any other stories, and then reported nothing for the following two years. This volume concludes in 1899, the year of ratification of the ending of the Unequal Treaties between Japan and the Great Powers, which had major implications for Japan and its nascent empire; yet the ILN failed to make any reference to it. Instead, its one report for the final year of the nineteenth century was on the launch of the British-built battleship Asahi, which was to play a major role in the Imperial Japanese Navy during the forthcoming Russo-Japanese War (1904-5) - a war which once again was to preoccupy the ILN pages. Thus, Japan and The Illustrated London News provides readers and researchers for the first time with a 'one-stop' access point to the complete record of reported events relating to Japan in the critical half century following its opening to the West.
Location: Mugar Folio DS881.45 .J37 2006
Waves of Renewal: Modern Japanese Prints, 1900 To 1960 by Chris Uhlenbeck
The early twentieth century witnessed the emergence of two principal printmaking movements. The first "shin hanga" (new print) reinvented and revitalised the conventional genres of landscape, beauties and actors. The second "s saku hanga" (creative print) was inspired by the dialogue between Western and Japanese art and aesthetics.
Polychrome prints, or ukiyo-e, first appeared in Japan in the late 18th century. Delicately hued and intricate, they depicted landscapes, scenes, and figures that epitomized the country's idea of "the floating world": a place whose denizens lived for the moment and appreciated the pleasures of the natural world.
For a New World to Come by Yasufumi Nakamori; Allison L. Pappas
Location: Mugar Library Folio N72.P5 F67 2015
Many artists sought different avenues of expression, using photography in experimental and conceptual ways as part of their larger artistic practice. Many photographers also responded by moving away from a straight documentary approach, some displaying their images in series and installations as works of art.
Allegories of Time and Space by Jonathan M. Reynolds
Location: Online and Mugar Library TR105 .R49 2015
Explores efforts by leading photographers, artists, architects, and commercial designers to re-envision Japanese cultural identity during the years between the Asia Pacific War and the bursting of the economic bubble in the 1990s.
Japanese Art and Design by Greg Irvine
Location: Mugar Library NK1484.A1 J37 2016
The Victoria & Albert Museum's collection. Religion and ritual; military and aristocratic culture; the samurai; the tea ceremony; Ukiyo-e and the graphic arts of the Edo period; exchanges with the West and imperialism; contemporary crafts and design.
Hokusai by Sarah E. Thompson; Joan Wright (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston}
Location: Mugar Memorial Library Reserve Room NE1325.K3 A4 2015
Discusses how the self-styled Man Mad about Drawing approached his subjects, how he depicted human bodies in motion, combined figures and landscape, represented three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface, and used techniques of illusionism or adjusted reality for greater visual or emotional effect.