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July 25th, 2000
First Comprehensive Book Published in English On Hon'ami Koetsu, Japanese 17th-century Master

Available exclusively through the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Arts of Hon'ami Koetsu, Japanese Renaissance Masterexhibition catalogue provides an unprecedented wealth of exquisite images and information about more than 100 objects-ranging from calligraphy and printed books to lacquerwork and ceramics-accompanied by major essays on the life and career of the artist who revolutionized the art of 17th-century Japan. Designed by Katy Homans, the 220-page publication features 187 illustrations-142 in color, including two sectional fold-outs presenting spectacular works such as a pair of painted screens from the Tokyo National Museum affixed with shikishi, or poem cards, that are the earliest extant examples of collaboration between Koetsu and his much-esteemed colleague, Tawaraya Sotatsu.

The Arts of Hon'ami Koetsu exhibition catalogue is the first English-language publication devoted to the artist. "The catalogue's solid combination of biography, interpretation and record of artistic production is a wonderfully valuable 'benchmark' resource for scholars, collectors and lovers of Japanese arts," said James T. Ulak, Curator of Japanese Art at the Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

Written by a team of international scholars, the catalogue's major essays include "The Life and Arts of Hon'ami Koetsu" and "Handscrolls: The Flowering of Artistic Collaboration" by exhibition organizer Dr. Felice Fischer, The Luther W. Brady Curator of Japanese Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art; "Waka and the Kyoto Renaissance" by Edwin A. Cranston, Professor of Japanese Literature, Harvard University; "The Advent of Movable-Type Printing," by Kyoko Kinoshita, Research Associate, Department of East Asian Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art; "The Koetsu Style in Lacquerware" by Yamazaki Tsuyoshi, Curator of Lacquer, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Tokyo; "Takagamine Colony" by Fumiko Cranston, independent scholar; "The Teabowls of Hon'ami Koetsu" by Saito Takamasa, Curator of Ceramics, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Tokyo; and "Koetsu and the History of Tea Culture" by Kumakura Isao, Professor, National Museum of Ethnology, Kyoto.

The Arts of Hon'ami Koetsu will be available for $65.00 in hardcover at the Museum Store, by calling (215) 684-7962, or through the Museum's website:

The Arts of Hon'ami Koetsu, Japanese Renaissance Master will be on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from July 29 through October 29, 2000. It was organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan; and The Japan Foundation. The exhibition is supported in part by generous grants from The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc., The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support was provided by William M. Hollis, Jr., and Andrea M. Baldeck, M.D.; Mr. and Mrs. Howard H. Lewis; Delphi Financial Group, Inc.; and The Rosenkranz Foundation, Inc. Initial funding was provided by the Luther W. Brady, Jr., Endowment for Japanese Art Research Support. Japan Airlines is the official airline.

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