Shunga : sex and pleasure in Japanese art / Timothy Clark, C. Andrew Gerstle, Aki Ishigami, Akiko Yano.
- [North America] : Hotei Publishing, 2013. , ©2013
536 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
- Ukiyoe -- Japan -- Exhibitions.
Art, Japanese -- Edo period, 1600-1868 -- Exhibitions.
Art, Japanese -- Meiji period, 1868-1912 -- Exhibitions.
Erotic art -- Japan -- Exhibitions.
Sex in art -- Exhibitions.
Wit and humor in art -- Exhibitions.
- This catalogue aims to answer some key questions about what is shunga and why it was produced. In particular the social and cultural contexts for sex art in Japan are explored. Erotic Japanese art was heavily suppressed in Japan from the 1870s onwards as part of a process of cultural 'modernisation' that imported many contemporary western moral values. Only in the last twenty years or so has it been possible to publish unexpurgated examples in Japan and this landmark book places erotic Japanese art in its historical and cultural context for the first time. This book looks at painted and printed erotic images produced in Japan during the Edo period (1600-1868) and early Meiji era (1868-1912). These are related to the wider contexts of literature, theatre, the culture of the pleasure quarters, and urban consumerism; and interpreted in terms of their sensuality, reverence, humour and parody. Exhibition: The British Museum, London, UK (03.10.2013-05.01.2014).
- "Published to accompany the exhibition Shunga: sex and pleasure in Japanese art at the British Museum from 3 October 2013 to 5 January 2014."
"The authors have identified their right to be identified as the authors of this work."
Includes bibliographical references (pages 513-524) and index.
- Clark, Timothy, 1959- editor.
Gerstle, C. Andrew, 1951- editor.
Ishigami, Aki, editor.
Yano, Akiko, editor.
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