Video Presentations on Japanese Art

Video Presentations on Japanese Art


Part 2, Red: Looking at Art through the Lens of Scientific Analysis (Dr. Henry Smith) 
Second lecture of a two-part series exploring the nature of color in Japanese painting and prints presented by Marco Leona. Produced by the Japanese Art Society of America, June 2021 (ca 72 min).

Part 1, Blue: Looking at Art through the Lens of Scientific Analysis (Dr. Marco Leona) 
First lecture of a two-part series exploring the nature of color in Japanese painting and prints presented by Marco Leona, who shares the studies of his department and collaborations with art historians and curators. Produced by the Japanese Art Society of America, June 2021 (ca 72 min).

A view from Above
Understanding Utagawa Hiroshige's 100 Famous Views.
A video presentation with several speakers organized by Joan Mirviss in the context of the Asia Week in New York, June 2021 (ca 120 min).

The Secret Passion of Steve Jobs
Apple founder Steve Jobs (1955-2011) had a love of shin-hanga, Japanese woodblock prints. Here, experts and old friends look at how this beautiful collection may have informed his own aesthetic sensibility. NHK world, Japan January 1, 2021 (ca 30 min), available until January 1, 2022.

Actors and Courtesans in Ukiyo-e: Japanese Prints from the Collection of Lee E. Dirks
John Carpenter, Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, introduces masterworks of ukiyo-e prints from the collection of Florida-based collector Lee E. Dirks (who is interviewed in the latest issue of Impressions). This presentation was organized by the Japanese Art Society of America (JASA) on April 11, 2021 (ca 1 h, 20 min).

Van Gogh and Japanese Art
Curatorial Assistant Kelsey Hallbeck explores Vincent van Gogh’s fascination with Japan and Japanese art. Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida, February 3, 2021 (ca 30 min).

A Smash Hit for the Local Book Trade
A very funny video about a kibyoshi  (illustrated storybook) written by Jippensha Ikku. From this parody, you can see how books were made and sold at that time. This video has been produced by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in 2017.


Tsuruya Kokei
An interview conducted by Prof. Kendall Brown and Kiyomi Fuki with the contemporary Japanese print artist Tsuruya Kokei (1946-present). This interview gives you a unique  and insightful picture of the artist's working methods, motives and preferences. USC Pacific Asia museum, March 2019 (ca 25 min).

Saitō Kiyoshi: Graphic Awakening
A webinar hosted by the Japanese Art Society of America (JASA) on July 13th 2021.
In March 2021 the Ringling Museum of Art opened Saitō Kiyoshi: Graphic Awakening - the first major survey of the artist’s work since his death. Rhiannon Paget, the curator of the exhibition, discusses Saitō’s transition from painting to print, key themes in his work, and his masterful approach to composition, color and texture (ca 57 min).

Netsuke and Sagemono in the Year of the Ox
A webinar hosted by the Japanese Art Society of America (JASA) in February 2021, and co-sponsored by the International Netsuke Society. The collector Dr. David Butsumyo speaks about the image of the ox in Japanese folklore and religion (ca 57 min).

Utagawa Hiroshige's 100 Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)
On June 3rd 2021, Joan B Mirviss LTD hosted a panel of experts to discuss Utagawa Hiroshige's innovative and highly influential series, the 100 Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei). Watch the Zoom event on Hokusai's ‘Great Wave’ online (ca 120 min).


Evening shower at Ōhashi Bridge
Clare Pollard, Curator of Japanese Art at the Ashmolean discusses a print by Hiroshige, revealing how the artist’s use of colour and composition provides a striking depiction of figures being caught in a rainstorm. Faifield University Art Museum, August 2018 (ca 15 min).

Webinar on 19th-century Ukiyo-e Prints - Scenic Views and Supernatural Beings.
A webinar hosted bij Japan House Los Angeles. Using the woodblock prints in the NATURE/SUPERNATURE exhibition as a starting point, Professor Ryo Akama from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto and Hollis Goodall from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art explore ukiyo-e prints and Japanese culture as a whole.

51st Cohn Lecture: The Story of a Neglected Book with Ellis Tinios
Watch the 51st Annual Cohn Lecture of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, held in February 2021, to learn about a fascinating book designed by Japanese artist Hokusai in the 1830s, but not published until 1880. With Dr Ellis Tinios, Visiting Researcher at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto (ca 60 min).

An album by Torii Kiyonaga
A  short talk by Marije Jansen, conservator Japanese prints at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, about a recently acquired album designed by Torii Kiyonaga in 1787 (ca 18 min, in Dutch).

Quelling Demons and Disease in Japanese Art
A lecture given John Carpenter for the members of the Japanese Art Society of America (JASA) on December 16, 2019. John speaks about the talismanic potential of some manifestations in Japanese art and performance, notably Shoki the Demon Queller (ca 60 min).

The Great Wave by Hokusai: Great Art Explained
Examining Hokusai’s life, times and work in the context of art history, James Payne provides an analysis of why The Great Wave has become such a resounding artistic and commercial success. Aeon, Great Art Explained, July 2021 (17 min). 

An Insider's Look at Hokusai's Iconic Great Wave part I
A gallery talk chaired by by Joan B Mirviss LTD, Japanese Fine Art, New York (ca 30 min).
Go to the website of Joan Mirviss for other interesting video's on Japanese art.

Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave
A talk by Tim Clark, former head of the Japanese section at the British Museum. He explores the legacy and impact of this most iconic image and asks why it has such appeal (ca 3 min).

Katsushika Hokusai Old Man Crazy to Paint
BBC Documentary on Hokusai, 2017 (58 min)


Hokusai: The End of an Era
A lecture by Sarah Thompson, curator Japanese Prints at the MFA, Boston. Sarah discusses how Hokusai’s art hinted of things to come, including a fascination with technology, a curiosity about the outside world, and growing sense of Japan as a nation (1h 23 min).

Collecting Mingei: Three Perspectives
A webinar hosted by the Japanese Art Society of America (JASA) on February, 2021, with three speakers: Kyoko Utsumi Mimura; Ty Heineken,and David M. Kahn (ca 57 min).

A large Ko-Kutani plate
On the website of Asia Week New York (November 2020) Lark Mason and Eric Zetterquist discuss a large Ko-Kutani plate, dating from the second half of the 17th Century in Japan (ca 3 min).
Go to the website of Asia Week New York for more interesting videos.

The Unfathomable Art of Sesson
A webinar on Sesson Shūkei (ca.1492-1577) with Yukio Lippit, Jeffrey T. Chambers, and Andrea Okamura ( Jan, 2021). They address the artistic geography and pictorial meaning of the artist’s most famous work, Dragon and Tiger, at the Cleveland Museum of Art (ca 60 min).

Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection
An introduction to the exhibition held from February 14 2020 – June 6, 2021 at the Special Exhibitions Gallery, Harvard Art Museums (July 2020, ca 3 min). 


Japanese Classics in a time of Contagion
Robert Campbell director of the National Institute of Japanese Literatue in Tachikawa City, Tokyo prefecture. He introduces Japanese premodern books and also shows how Japan has copied with past epidemics, and how it recovered from them (April 2020, ca 25 min)

Into the Kaleidoscope: Painting in Edo Japan
A talk presented by Timon Screech, professor of the history of art at SOAS, University of London on the occasion of the opening the exhibition "Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection" in Febr. 2020 (ca 80 min).

Two screens of Mount Fuji by Yoshida Hiroshi
In the second episode of #Rijksmuseumfromhome​ (March 24 2020) the Head of Asian Arts, Menno Fitski, is shining his light on two painted screens of Mount Fuji made by Yoshida Hiroshi. In English with Dutch subtitles (ca 3 min).

What would you do if you receive the keys to the Rijksmuseum?
The Dutch writer and comedian Paulien Cornelisse knew it right away: she would go looking for Japanese treasures with the help of Menno Fitski, head of Asian art at Rijksmuseum (July 2019). Dutch with English subtitles (ca 29 min).

The World of Osaka Prints
An introduction to the world of Osaka prints made by our members Peter Ujlaki and John Fiorillo on a late summer afternoon in 2011.
Peter presents a guided tour through the traditional woodblock prints of the Osaka and Kyoto region (24 min).

Felix Tikotin, a German Jewish art dealer and early member of our society, had a passion for Japanese art. Twenty-five years after his death, his grandson, Jaron Borensztjan, tries to unravel the story of his grandfather. Behind the success story and the exciting adventures, he finds a family man who cannot prevent his family from falling apart. NPO Uitzending gemist (2013, in Dutch, ca 60 min).


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