Re-Inventing Tokyo: Japan's Largest City in the Artistic Imagination

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Re-Inventing Tokyo is the first examination in either English or Japanese that considers portrayals of Tokyo in light of that city's continuous re-invention since the mid-nineteenth century. Using a carefully selected group of more than 170 prints, photographs, paintings, and textiles, Re-Inventing Tokyo documents the changes that took place as Tokyo modernized and Westernized in the mid-nineteenth century, became the center of modern urban life in Japan before the Second World War, and rebuilt itself as part of ...
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Overview

Re-Inventing Tokyo is the first examination in either English or Japanese that considers portrayals of Tokyo in light of that city's continuous re-invention since the mid-nineteenth century. Using a carefully selected group of more than 170 prints, photographs, paintings, and textiles, Re-Inventing Tokyo documents the changes that took place as Tokyo modernized and Westernized in the mid-nineteenth century, became the center of modern urban life in Japan before the Second World War, and rebuilt itself as part of the country's economic miracle in the postwar era. This richly illustrated book includes five essays and a checklist of exhibited works divided into ten thematic sections, each prefaced by a narrative introduction.

This volume accompanies an exhibition of the same name at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, organized and curated by Samuel C. Morse.

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Theodore C. Bestor
"The visual arts have long shaped the imagination of Tokyo (and Edo before it). This catalogue gives life to a breathtaking sweep of representations of the city over the past 150 years. It will delight those who love Tokyo in grand vista or fine detail!"
Theodore C. Bestor
"The visual arts have long shaped the imagination of Tokyo (and Edo before it). This catalogue gives life to a breathtaking sweep of representations of the city over the past 150 years. It will delight those who love Tokyo in grand vista or fine detail!"
Theodore C. Bestor, Reischauer Professor of Social Anthropology, Harvard University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780914337355
  • Publisher: Mead Art Museum
  • Publication date: 8/14/2012
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

SAMUEL C. MORSE is a professor in the Department of Art and the History of Art and the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College.
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Table of Contents

DIRECTOR'S FOREWORD - Elizabeth E. Barker ACKNOWLEDGMENTS - Samuel C. Morse TIMELINE OF IMPORTANT EVENTS IN THE HISTORY OF TOKYO NOTE TO READERS INTRODUCTION Tokyo in the Japanese Artistic Imagination - Samuel C. Morse Cityscapes of Memory: Kiyochika, Hiroshige, and a Changing Tokyo - Timothy J. Van Compernolle At the Threshold of Modern Living: Tokyo in the 1920s and 1930s - Trent E. Maxey Fifty Years of Showa: The Art of Kageyama Koyo - Samuel C. Morse Starting Over in a Shattered Land - John W. Dower Tokyo through the Eyes of Two Yamaguchis - Yamashita Yuji CATALOGUE - Samuel C. Morse I - Utagawa Hiroshige and the City at the End of the Edo Period II - The Early Meiji Era: Civilization and Enlightenment III - Kobayashi Kiyochika, Westernization, and the Asakusa Fire IV - On Either Side of the Turn of the Century V - The City Destroyed: The Great Kanto Earthquake VI - The Modern City VII - The War and Its Aftermath VIII - Rebuilding the City: High Growth and Its Price IX - The Permeable City X - Future Vision ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX OF NAMES INDEX OF WORKS
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