Art of the Japanese Postcard

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J. Thomas Rimer, Kendall H. Brown, Anne Nishimura Morse, and Leonard A. Lauder, with a note on conservation by Joan Wright

More than just casual mail pieces, these postcards were often designed by prominent artists and had a visual impact that belied their modest format. Remarkably beautiful examples of graphic design in their own right, they also reflect the influx of Western currents such as Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Art of the Japanese Postcard presents 300 full-color examples of these cards, culled from the remarkable Leonard A. Lauder Collection. They are astonishing not only for their beauty and the quality of their printing, but also for the insight they provide into contemporary Japanese art.

Authoritative essays by leading scholars of Japanese art and culture, plus a statement by the collector himself, highlight the design, development, and cultural function of these rarely studied, but highly influential and visually exciting, expressions of graphic genius.

"This book is a pleasure and an education, offering graphic surprises in every chapter...and tantalizing insights into the ever-mutating international language of art." – Bookforum

“A fascinating study of a country’s desire to define itself in a larger world … For art enthusiasts who lived through the mail-art era in the mid-20th century, this publication offers a welcome precedent.” – Art on Paper

• Hardcover, 288 pages
• Over 360 color illustrations
• 8 1/2" x 9 1/2"