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Asian Art: Background

New Asian Art Books

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Background Sources

Japanese Exhibition Catalogs

New on the Getty Research Institute Portal:
Nearly 1,000 free digitized Japanese art exhibition catalogues...


Guides to Writing About Art


MunsterbergWriting About Art. HumRef N 7467 .M867c 2009 + e-book

Biggs. The Routledge Companion to Research in the Arts. HumRef NX 280 .R68 2010 + e-book

Barnet. A Short Guide to Writing about Art. HumRef N 7476 .B37 2015

Williams. How to Write About Contemporary Art. HumRef N 7476 .W544x 2014

Asian Theatre • Performing Arts

Asian Theatre Video Collection

The Asian Theatre video collection offers interviews with leading performers and practitioners, and houses several filmed performances, documentaries, rehearsal footage, and training videos. Several are from Japanese traditions. From Butoh to Bollywood, Bunraku to Topeng, this collection is a vital repository for students and academics interested in Asia’s rich theatrical traditions, this collection is a vital repository for students and academics interested in Asia’s rich theatrical traditions.

Art & Design Librarian

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Cassandra Belliston
5450 HBLL

Asian Studies Librarian

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Tim Davis
I am happy to meet with you in person or virtually to help you with any research questions.

Office: 5449 HBLL
Phone: 801-422-4061

Tezuka Osamu Graphic Novel Database Trial

We currently have a one month trial of a database of Tezuka Osamu’s Manga. Often called the “Godfather or Manga.” Osamu is perhaps most influential creator of manga in Japan. The database reproduces 122 titles in Japanese; 25 in English, and many translated into other languages (French, Korean, Chinese, etc.). The trial ends 25 April 2024. Please have a look, share with anyone you think might be interested.

The database trial operates through the university’s IP addresses and therefore will not work off campus

Here is the link to access the database: Tezuka Osamu Manga