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DREAM SPECTRES 2: KABUKI NIGHTMARES -- UKIYO-E GHOSTS, MAGIC & MAYHEM. Ed. by Jack Hunter. Shinbaku Books, London, 2015. Ukiyo-e Master Series, 15. 176 pp. with 215 col. ills. 28 x 22 cm. ISBN 9781840683196 In English.
Publisher's description: UKIYO-E, the art of woodblock design and printing, enjoyed a symbiosis with the kabuki theatre almost from its inception in the late 17th century, with a significant number of images devoted to the popular theatre. These comprise kabuki-e - dynamic frames, diptychs and triptychs recreating specific scenes from plays - and yakusha-e - portraits of famous actors in various roles both real and imaginary. Amongst those producing theatrical prints were some of the greatest ukiyo-e artists of the century, including Kunisada, Kuniyoshi, and finally Kunichika, who introduced dramatic new framing to the format and persisted until the very last days of the century, when prints were finally usurped by the new medium of photography. DREAM SPECTRES 2 is devoted to the art of kabuki-e and yakusha-e, and collects some of the most striking and innovative prints by these and many other artists, focusing principally on three of the Japanese theatre's most spectacular and sensational themes - ghosts, magic, and mayhem.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Asia (Traditional) — Japan — Graphic Arts (Prints)
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 168929
Paperbound $39.95    

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