Dreams and Diversions

Essays on Japanese Woodblock Prints

Edited by Andreas Marks and Sonya Rhie Quintanilla

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  • Published: 2010
  • Subject Listing: Art History
  • Bibliographic information: 216 pp., 180 color illus., 10 x 9 in.
  • Distributed for: San Diego Museum of Art
  • Contents

With the advent of ukiyo-e woodblock prints, art became accessible to Japan's burgeoning merchant classes. Though a uniquely Japanese art form, the prints reveal interests in celebrity, fashion, entertainment, and travel that have a universal human appeal, regardless of time or place.

Dreams and Diversions celebrates Japanese woodblock prints with a collection of ten original essays by an international team of scholars. They draw attention to the unique and longstanding relationship between the port city of San Diego, its collectors, and the nation of Japan. The essays not only advance the field of art history with new research and discussions of rare prints but also tell engaging stories for all readers interested in Japanese art and culture from the 17th to the early 20th centuries.

The contributors to Dreams and Diversions include Michael S. Inoue, Hiroko Johnson, Andreas Marks, Junichi Okubo, and Sonya Rhie Quintanilla.

"The variety of themes effectively explains the origins of ukiyo-e and the development of woodblock print culture . . . Lavishly illustrated, this book is crucial for all scholars, students, and connoisseurs of Japanese culture. Summing up: Highly recommended."
-Choice, August 2011

"Dreams and Diversions makes a fresh, and rigorously informed, beautifully presented, and very readable contribution to ukiyo-e studies. It is a welcome addition to the literature."
-David Bell, New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, December 2011