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Dark and Bright Art: Woodcuts in the Aftermath of War

Fig. 1. Cover Page of Woodcuts of War-time China. Reproduced from Zhonghua muke xiehui 中華全國木刻協會(The Association of Chinese Woodcuts), Kanzhan banian muke xuanji 抗戰八年木刻選集 Woodcuts of War-time China (Shanghai: Kaiming shudian, 1946).

In a talk given at Jinan University in Shanghai in 1927, the leftwing artist Lu Xun (1881–1936) argued, “contemporary art describes our society, and even we are written into it. Previous art, like a fire across a river, had little to do with us Read More

Games of Conquest: Sugoroku of Imperial and Wartime Japan

Fig. 1. Watanabe Nobukazu, Fukushima chōsa ensei sugoroku (Pictorial Board and Dice Game: Lieutenant Colonel Fukushima’s Expedition, 1893), set of joined color woodblock prints, 80.8 × 50.2 cm overall. Published by Yokoyama Enshō. Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Lowenhaupt 839:2010a-f.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, mass-produced printed board games celebrated Japan’s astonishing rise as a military and imperial power. Called sugoroku, these objects have not received a great deal of scholarly attention Read More

Art in Art in Print No. 6: Eric Avery, Print Life: Neurogenesis 2016

Eric Avery, Print Life: Neurogenesis 2016 (2016), printed journal page, double-sided, 8 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches. Edition unlimited. Published by Art in Print. Image by Todd Mason.

Art in Art in Print is an irregular, ongoing series of projects in which artists create art within the journal—not a piece of art that exists somewhere else and is reproduced in the journal, but a project designed specifically for the material, technological and social context of Art in Print. We are pleased to present Eric Avery's Print Life: Neurogenesis 2016 as the sixth of these projects. Read More

‘Phantasmagorias of the Interior’: A French Panoramic Wallpaper in the Home of a New England Lawyer

Vues d’Italie wallpaper installed in the house of James Siena and Katia Santibañez in Otis, MA. All color images of the wallpaper in the house are courtesy of Armin Kunz, New York.

As New York artist James Siena tells it, the small town of Otis in Western Massachusetts (incorporated in 1810) has only ever been distinguished for two things: an early nudist colony, established in 1933, and the house of Squire Lester Filley, a noted lawyer, member of the State Legislature and founder of the local Episcopal church. Read More

Zuber in Otis

Vues d’Italie wallpaper installed at James Siena and Katia Santibañez’s house in Otis, MA. Image courtesy of Armin Kunz.

James Siena In 2004 we rented a house in the Berkshires for part of the summer and picked up a book of real estate listings for fantasy’s sake Read More

To The Last Syllable of Recorded Time: Christian Marclay

Christian Marclay, Actions: Splish, Plop, Plash, Plash (No. 4) (2015), screenprint with handpainted acrylic, 49 x 35 inches. Image courtesy of the artist and USF Graphicstudio ©2015. Photo: Will Lytch.

At the end of the eight-page description of Diego Velazquez’ Las Meninas (1656) that opens The Order of Things, Michel Foucault acknowledged a fundamental snag in his undertaking Read More

Why Study Prints Now, Redux

In 1987, during the fall semester of my first year in a settled teaching job, I went to Lawrence, Kansas, for a conference in honor of the “Little Masters” exhibition curated by Stephen Goddard, and there I was introduced to Peter Parshall Read More