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288 pages. 320 color illustrations
8.5 × 9.5 in
More than casual mail pieces, Japanese postcards were often designed by prominent artists and had a visual impact that belied their modest format. Art of the Japanese Postcard presents 300 of these cards, astonishing not only for their beauty and inventiveness, but also for the insight they provide into Japanese artistic practices. Authoritative essays highlight the design, development, and cultural function of these highly influential, visually exciting expressions of graphic genius. Named one of the 10 Best Art Books of the Year by The New York Times.
“This book is a pleasure and an education, offering graphic surprises in every chapter…and tantalizing insights into the ever-mutating international language of art (Bookforum).
“Fascinating” (Art on Paper).
“Invaluable for any student, scholar, or connoisseur of Japanese art and culture [and] beautifully designed” (Choice).
“Lavishly illustrated…What could be more exciting than finding an exquisite little masterpiece—in your mailbox?” (O, the Oprah Magazine).