Ghost, Goblins, and Monsters, 1700 to Now
- PUBLISHED: January 2020
- SUBJECT LISTING: Art History / Asian Art, Asian Studies / Japan
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 312 Pages, 7.25 x 9.5 in, 260 color illus.
- ISBN: 9781741741469
From the pioneering work of eighteenth-century painter Toriyama Sekien to contemporary superstar Takashi Murakami, Japan Supernatural presents wildly imaginative works by Japanese artists past and present and takes readers on a journey of discovery through the astonishing array of yōkai culture and yūrei (ghosts)—phenomenal beings from fiendish goblins to mischievous shapeshifters—that have inhabited Japanese culture for centuries. Once a means of explaining the unexplainable, they have been kept alive in stories and artworks. Evolving into a form of entertainment ranging from horror to the comical, they have maintained an ongoing presence in Japanese novels, films, anime, manga, and games.
Drawn from around the world, the artworks illustrated in Japan Supernatural date from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century and include fantastically detailed ukiyo-e woodblock prints, miniature netsuke, wall-sized scrolls, and large-scale contemporary photographs, paintings, and installations. Some of the greatest Japanese artists of the past, including Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, and Kawanabe Kyosai, are featured alongside contemporary artists such as Chiho Aoshima, Miwa Yanagi, and Takahashi Murakami, who update the tradition for the present.
Authors & Contributors
Melanie Eastburn is senior curator of Asian art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Other contributors include Chiaki Ajioka, Michael Brand, Zack Davisson, Lucie Folan, Michael Dylan Foster, Komatsu Kasuhiko, Mami Kataoka, Justin Paton, and Hiroko Yoda.
Notes to readers
Foreword / Michael Brand
Preface: Listening today to a warning from the invisible world / Mami Kataoka
Japan supernatural: untangling realms beyond / Melanie Eastburn
From the past into the future: the enduring legacy of yōkai / Komatsu Kazuhiko
Yōkai, fantastic beasts of Japan / Michael Dylan Foster
The persistence of yūrei / Zack Davisson
Strange seduction: Edo and Meiji supernatural art / Lucie Folan
Spirited objects: anthropomorphism in Japanese art / Chiaki Ajioka
What are our monsters today? A conversation with Takashi Murakami / Justin Paton
A who’s who of the supernatural world / Hiroko Yoda
Books and prints
Photographs and moving image
List of works
Engaging as these essays are, the main attraction of Japan Supernatural is the art itself. With over 150 pages of images reproduced from paintings, wood block prints, sculptures and more, the volume presents a comprehensive review of three centuries of artistic exploration.- International Examiner