A Tale of Two Balconies

USD $30.00

Specification

Paperback

ISBN: 978-1-913875-82-4

164 Pages

254 × 229 mm (9 × 10 in)

100 colour illustrations

In association with the National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution

October 2024

Description

A cleverly designed book about Katsushika Hokusai’s The Sazaidō of Gohyakurakanji and James McNeill Whistler’s Variations in Flesh Colour and Green – The Balcony, that includes drawing, collage, coloring and press-out activities.

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With a presentation that divides the book into two equal parts, A Tale of Two Balconies investigates the elements that make each of these artworks—both in the collection of the National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution—unique. Exploring the depicted locations of each (in Edo Japan and Victorian England) enables deeper insight as the authors examine the idea of the balcony itself as a construct at once both private and public – creating a view and juxtaposing the different cultural domains both within and beyond the balcony railing.

This stunning book is double-fronted, so readers can begin reading from either side. A carefully-designed centre section encourages readers to engage with the themes of perspective and recollection through their own art-making activities – collage, drawing and colouring, even building a pop-out Hokusai diorama and Victorian Whistler toy theatre.

Author biographies

Kit Brooks is the curator of Asian Art at the Princeton University Art Museum
Katherine Roeder is an assistant professor in the history of art, design and visual culture at the Maryland Institute College of Art

Table of Contents

    • Hokusai text by Kit Brooks Approach; View; Site; Perspective; Pigment; Restriction; (Freer) Association; Notes; Remix
    • Whistler text by Katherine Roeder: Approach; View; Site; Perspective; Pigment; Restriction; (Freer) Association; Notes; Remix