The Artist as Professional in Japan

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Through individual case studies involving the professions of sculptor, painter, potter, printmaker, and architect, this book addresses the question about what it meant to be an artist in Japan from the seventh century to the twentieth. How did artists go about their business? What degree of control did they exercise over their metier? How were they viewed by society? How was the image of the artist fashioned in various periods?

Throughout much of Japan’s past, artists’ thoughts about their activities have remained unrecorded. Some of the essays in this volume reveal how the machine of political discourse worked to invent different views of the same artist over time. Others explore cases of later artists manipulating the names of earlier ones for professional or cultural gain, while still other essays reconstruct some of the forces brought to bear on artistic reception by the makers' contemporaries. The activities of artists whose stories are told here required the collaboration of numerous skilled colleagues, often deployed in the hierarchical structure of the hereditary workshop; they had to fight hard to gain social and economic recognition. The book also addresses issues of canon formation: by what complex process are some artists and objects singled out to communicate rhetorical or aesthetic meaning while others lapse into the background?

Contributors include Karen L. Brock, Louise Allison Cort, Julie Nelson Davis, Christine M. E. Guth, Donald F. McCallum, Jonathan M. Reynolds, and Melinda Takeuchi.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book contributes to the enhancement of a cross-cultural understanding of art discourse."—Journal of Aesthetic Education

" . . . A significant contribution to the field of Japanese art history."—Pacific Affairs

"This is a welcome addition to the literature in English on aspects of artistic practice in Japan."—Monumenta Nipponica

"The scholarship collected here is solid. This text is appropriate for both specialists and university students interested in Japanese art and culture."—Journal of Asian Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804743556
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Melinda Takeuchi is Professor of Japanese Art at Stanford University.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Note
List of Illustrations
1 Introduction 1
2 Tori-busshi and the Production of Buddhist Icons in Asuka-Period Japan 17
3 E'nichibo Jonin, the Saint's Companion 38
4 Signed, Sealed, and Delivered: Tosa Mitsunobu (1434-ca. 1523) and the Afterlife of a Name 78
5 A Tosa Potter in Edo 103
6 Artistic Identity and Ukiyo-e Prints: The Representation of Kitagawa Utamaro to the Edo Public 113
7 Takamura Koun and Takamura Kotaro: On Being a Sculptor 152
8 The Formation of a Japanese Architectural Profession 180
Notes 203
Glossary 237
Works Frequently Cited 247
Index 253
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