Cover image for Arts of Korea
Arts of Korea
Chŏng, Yang-mo, 1934-
Publication Information:
New York : Metropolitan Museum of Art, [1998]

Physical Description:
511 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 31 cm
General Note:
Catalog of an exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, June 5, 1998-Jan. 24, 1999.
Format :


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N7362 .A78 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Catalog of an exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, June- January 1999. Six essays discuss the art of Korean potters from the Neolithic period to the Choson Dynasty, Korean Buddhist sculpture, the origin and development of landscape painting, artistic tradition and the depiction of reality, An Kyon and the eight views tradition with regard to two landscapes in the Museum's collection, and the Museum's collection as a whole. The thoroughly annotated plates occupy 120 or so pages and include ceramics, metalwork and decorative arts, Buddhist sculpture, and painting. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

The first comprehensive recording of Korean masterworks in two decades, this exhibition catalog presents a compelling and thorough survey of the key developments in the history of Korean art. Published in conjunction with the opening of the Metropolitan Museum's new permanent gallery of Korean art, it draws the finest examples from four major areas: ceramics, Buddhist sculpture, painting, and metalwork and decorative arts from the Neolithic period to the 19th century. Essays by leading scholars reflect the latest scholarship and examine stylistic characteristics and technical innovations in the political, social, and cultural context, particularly the Korean peninsula's relationship and interchanges with China and Japan. This landmark publication serves as an important introduction for Westerners to Korea's artistic achievements. Essential for academic and public libraries with a collection on Asian arts.‘Lucia S. Chen, N.Y.P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Any exposure of Korean art to the West is welcomed, as it is the least visible when compared to other East Asian traditions. This exhibition catalog contains objects mostly from Korea, with a few from the Met's own collections; there are 174 pages of stunning color plates followed by essays extending over 260 pages, including endnotes. This itself is something of an imbalance; further, there is nothing approaching an even weighting of narrative coverage of the diverse materials. For example, there are nine landscape paintings in the exhibition yet three of the six essays (and 107 pages) are devoted to the subject, whereas the 10 Buddhist paintings (eight in the Met) are discussed in only 23 pages, buried in an essay concerning the Met's Korean materials. The other objects in the exhibition--ceramics (the largest group at 40 pieces) and Buddhist sculpture (15)--get separate essays, but the decorative arts (about 20 pieces) do not. In the end, the mostly weighty and academically worthy scholarly essays are not balanced by the splendid exhibited objects. An odd situation, but it should not deter acquisition of this by libraries with substantial Asian holdings. General readers; undergraduates through faculty. J. O. Caswell; University of British Columbia