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July 2011

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In This Issue:

Jacob van Ruisdael
Fashion in the Middle Ages
Modern Japanese Art and the Meiji State
Anglo-American Exchange in Postwar Sculpture, 1945-1975

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Jacob van Ruisdael:
Windmills and Water Mills
Seymour Slive
Jacob van Ruisdael

Windmills were ubiquitous in seventeenth-century Holland and they remain the best-known symbol of the Dutch landscape. Water mills, in contrast, were scarce in the new Dutch Republic, found mainly in the eastern provinces, particularly near the border with Germany. Jacob van Ruisdael discovered them in the early 1650s and was the first artist to make water mills the principal subject of a landscape. Both depended upon forces of nature for their operation, but their use in the Netherlands and their place in seventeenth-century Dutch art differed considerably. This book examines their role in Holland and introduces readers to the pleasure of studying Ruisdael's images of them, a joy conveyed by the English landscapist John Constable in a letter written to his dearest friend after seeing a Ruisdael painting of a water mill in a London shop: "It haunts my mind and clings to my heart."

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Fashion in the Middle Ages
Margaret Scott
Fashion in the Middle Ages

From the costly velvets and furs worn by kings to the undyed wools and rough linens of the peasantry, the clothing worn by the various classes in the Middle Ages played an integral role in medieval society. In addition to providing clues to status, profession, or geographic origin, textiles were a crucial element in the economies of many countries and cities. Much of what is known about medieval fashion is gleaned from the pages of manuscripts, which serve as a rich source of imagery. This volume provides a detailed look at both the actual fabrics and composition of medieval clothing as well as the period's attitude toward fashion through an exploration of the illuminated manuscripts in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum. The book accompanies an exhibition of the same name on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum through August 14, 2011.

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Modern Japanese Art and the Meiji State:
The Politics of Beauty
Doshin Sato
Translated by Hiroshi Nara
Modern Japanese Art and the Meiji State

This broad-ranging and profoundly influential analysis describes how Western art institutions and vocabulary were transplanted to Japan in the late nineteenth century. In the 1870s and 1880s, artists, government administrators, and others in Japan encountered the Western "system of the arts" for the first time, as objects and information from Japan reached European and American audiences following the collapse of the shogun's regime. Under pressure to exhibit and sell its artistic products abroad, Japan's new Meiji government came face-to-face with the need to create European-style art schools, museums, government-sponsored exhibitions, and artifact preservation policies—and even to establish Japanese words for "art," "painting," "artist," and "sculpture." This volume represents nothing less than a reconceptualization of the field of Japanese art history. It exposes the politics through which the words, categories, and values that still structure our understanding of the field came to be while revealing the historicity of Western and non-Western art history.

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Anglo-American Exchange in Postwar Sculpture, 1945-1975
Edited by Rebecca Peabody

The postwar art world saw dynamic interactions between British and American sculptors, critics, curators, teachers, and institutions. Using works of art as points of departure, this collection of essays explores the international movement of people, objects, and ideas, demonstrating the importance of Anglo-American exchange in the history of postwar sculpture.

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AngloAmerican Exchange in Postwar Sculpture, 19451975

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