Art of Twentieth-Century Zen: Paintings and Calligraphy by Japanese

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     This is the first book of its kind devoted to Zen art as a living tradition – published in conjunction with a touring exhibit of twentieth-century Zen art that will be on display at the Los Angeles County Museum, the University of Richmond, Virginia, and other locations.
     
     Zen art has long been acknowledged as a priceless legacy of Japanese culture. Zen teachers believe that visual art, such...

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Overview

     This is the first book of its kind devoted to Zen art as a living tradition – published in conjunction with a touring exhibit of twentieth-century Zen art that will be on display at the Los Angeles County Museum, the University of Richmond, Virginia, and other locations.
     
     Zen art has long been acknowledged as a priceless legacy of Japanese culture. Zen teachers believe that visual art, such as painting, calligraphy, and ceramics, can reveal Zen mind more directly than can words alone. While previous books have focused on works from earlier centuries, The Art of Twentieth-Century Zen explores the heart of the Zen cultural experience with contemporary Zen art, demonstrating how this time-honored visual form continues to flourish today. Through their personal, dramatic, and often humorous brushwork, the great Zen masters of our own century have continued to create striking new expressions of their own Zen insight.

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Library Journal
Following a brief introduction to the historical development of Zen Buddhism in Japan and its characteristics in the 20th century, this exhibition catalog unfolds the personal journeys of 14 leading Japanese Zen masters expressing the Zen spirit in their teaching and their art. Appropriately illustrated with portraits of the masters and their calligraphy and paintings, mostly in full color, this book is a rich display of artistic variations on traditional Zen themes. One of very few titles on the subject, this is an important contribution to the study of Zen art and serves as a window on the Zen world for the Western audience. Seo teaches Japanese art and culture at the College of William and Mary; the exhibition will be touring the United States through the spring of 2000. Recommended for public and academic libraries as a welcome addition to Asian art collections.--Lucia S. Chen, NYPL
Tricycle Magazine
Playful black-and-whiten expressions of the enlightened mind from contemporary Zen masters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570623585
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 8.79 (w) x 12.19 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Addiss, PhD, is Tucker-Boatwright Professor in the Humanities: Art at the University of Richmond, Virginia, as well as a world-renowned calligrapher. He is a leading authority on Japanese art and the author of more than thirty-five books.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction 3
1 Ushering Zen into the Twentieth Century 17
Nakahara Nantenbo (Toju Zenchu, 1839-1925)
2 The Transmission of Zen Art and Training 35
Deiryu Kutsu (Kanshu Sojun, 1895-1954)
3 Restoring Zen and Taking It Forward 59
Yuzen Gentatsu (Sanshoken, 1842-1918) and Takeda Mokurai (1854-1930)
4 Large Monastic Center Versus Small Rural Temple 84
Sohan Gempo (Shoun, 1848-1922) and Yamamoto Gempo (1866-1961)
5 Three Soto Zen Responses to the Twentieth Century
Nishiari Bokuzan (Kin'ei, 1821-1910), Taneda Santoka (1882-1940), and Kojima Kendo (1898-1995) 108
6 Approaches to Training and Art During Social Upheavals 137
Rozan Eko (1865-1944), Mamiya Eishu (1871-1945), and Seki Seisetsu (1877-1945)
7 Bridges of Zen 167
Shibayama Zenkei (1894-1974) and Fukushima Keido (b. 1933)
Epilogue 192
Notes 195
Bibliography 208
Index 213
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