Beyond Golden Clouds

Japanese Screens from the Art Institute of Chicago and the Saint Louis Art Museum

Edited by Janice Katz; Essays by Philip K. Hu, Janice Katz, Tamamushi Satoko, and Alicia Volk; Contributions by Fumiko E. Cranston, Elizabeth Lillehoj, Yukio Lippit, Melissa McCormick, and Hans Bjarne Thomsen

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Folding screens, known as byôbu in Japanese, are treasures within any museum’s collection and are beloved by the general public. This beautiful publication brings together the very finest screens from the world-renowned collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Saint Louis Art Museum. The featured works range from an extraordinary pair of landscapes by Sesson Shukei, a Zen-Buddhist monk-painter of the late 16th century, to daring contemporary works from the late 20th century.


The first half of the Edo period (1615–1868) is especially well represented, with a dozen screens from the 17th century by such masters as Kano Koi and Tosa Mitsuoki. The contemporary scene is also well covered, with ten examples from the 20th century—proving the longevity of this art form and its currency among modern-day artists. Enlightening essays by important scholars in the field cover topics like the emergence of screens as an art form and a novel discussion of the relationship of Japanese screens to those made in other countries.

Janice Katz is the Roger L. Weston Associate Curator of Japanese Art at the Art Institute of Chicago.


The Art Institute of Chicago (6/26/09–9/27/09)

Saint Louis Art Museum (10/18/09–1/3/10)

ISBN: 9780300119480
Publication Date: July 28, 2009
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Art Institute of Chicago
216 pages, 11 1/2 x 9 3/4
145 color illus.
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