Saturday, November 21, 2009

Strange Japanese Art 1: Dog Chasing

On a whirlwind tour of the permanent collection of the Asian Art Museum this week, the most interesting "newly on view" section seemed to be in the Japanese wing on the second floor.

From the Avery Brundage collection, there is an amazing pair of six-panel screens from 1640 called "Dog Chasing."

It depicts a large stadium ground for people to watch the Samurai sporting event, which consisted of two teams consisting of 17 men each.

The wall signage tried to allay animal abuse revulsion with the following: "The riders used softly padded arrows in order not to seriously hurt the dog, which was released within a circle of rope to begin the game."

Next to the newly on view screens is one of Masami Teraoka's prints from the 1985 series "31 Flavors Invading Japan."

Around the corner is the most consistently fascinating display in the museum...

...a constantly rotating selection of Japanese bamboo baskets from a collection of 900 donated in 2001 by the ex-CEO of Neutrogena, Lloyd Cotsen.

The fly basket is some kind of genius.


Ced said...

I was looking at the paintings of the nihonbashi by hiroshige ando today, which are amazing. I'm not sure what that "california coastline" screen is doing there, even though I wouldn't mind it in my living room.

Civic Center said...

Dear Ced: No, it belongs in my living room, not yours.

Ced said...

how did you manage to take pictures? I've tried, but the guards seem to object every time.

Civic Center said...

Dear Ced: You can take photos anytime in the permanent collection (floors two and three) with no flash. It's the special exhibits where photos aren't allowed except at press previews where they allow photography for publicity purposes.