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Publications

From its earliest days, the Asian Art Museum has published books to promote its collection, celebrate its exhibitions and cultivate scholarship.

These books communicate the museum’s mission to on-site visitors as well as to an international audience of readers. Enjoy the depth and breadth of the Asian Art Museum’s publications.

Browse the museum’s bibliography online or download the complete list: Alphabetical or Chronological

A–C

The Art of Japan: Masterworks in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 1991
Yoshiko Kakudo; with essay by Clarence F. Shangraw
256 pages, 147 color illustrations, index, bibliography, 9 x 12 in. ISBN 0-8118-0055-5 (cloth) / 0-8118-0040-7 (paper)

The Art of Korea: Highlights from the Collection of San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum, 2006
Kumja Paik Kim
316 pages, approx. 100 color illustrations, index, bibliography, 9 x 12.25 in. ISBN 978-0-939117-38-X (cloth) / 978-0-939117-31-2 (paper)

The Art of Traditional Chinese Flower Arranging, 1986
Huang Yung-Chuan
208 pages, color illustrations, 8.5 x 11 in. ISBN 0-939117-02-9 (cloth) / 0-939117-01-0 (paper)

Art Spaces: The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 2004
Thomas Christensen
64 pages, approx. 75 color illustrations, 6.5 x 4.25 in. ISBN 1-85759-356-1 (paper)

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco: Collection Highlights, 2018
336 pages, 311 color images, 6.5 x 9.5 in. Includes index, ISBN 978-0-939117-84-0 (paperback).

Errata.

Asian Art Museum: Selected Works, 1994
Curatorial Staff of the Asian Art Museum
208 pages, approx. 200 color illustrations, 6 x 10 in. ISBN 978-0-295-97414-X (cloth) / 978-0-295-97414-9 (paper)

At Home & Abroad: Twenty Contemporary Filipino Artists, 1998
Dana Friis-Hansen Alice G. Guillermo, Jeff Baysa, and Patrick Flores
140 pages, color illustrations, 9 x 12 in. ISBN 0-939-117-15-0 (paper)

Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance, 2010
Natasha Reichle, ed.; essays by Francine Brinkgreve, Garrett Kam, Natasha Reichle, and David J. Stuart-Fox; entries by Francine Brinkgreve, Natasha Reichle, and David J. Stuart-Fox
376 pages, approx. 200 color illustrations, index, bibliography, glossary, 9.5 x 12 in. ISBN 978-0-939117-55-0 (cloth) / 978-0-939117-56-7 (paper)

Beauty, Wealth, and Power: Jewels and Ornament of Asia, 1992
64 pages, color illustrations, 6 x 9.75 in. ISBN 0-295-97201-7 (paper)

Between the Thunder and the Rain: Chinese Paintings from the Opium War through the Cultural Revolution, 1840–1979, 2000
Julia F. Andrews, Claudia Brown, David E, Fraser, Kuiyi Shen, et al. 
256 pages, approx. 175 color illustrations, 9 x 12 in. ISBN 0-939117-17-7 (cloth)

The Bold Brush of Au Ho-nien, 2019
He Li
64 pages, 33 color images, 8.5 x 10 in. ISBN 978-0-939117-86-4 (paperback)

Bridge to Understanding: The Art and Architecture of San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum–Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture, 2003
Thomas Christensen
224 pages, approx. 200 color illustrations, 9 x 11.75 in. ISBN 0-939117-19-3 (cloth)

Bronze Vessels of Ancient China in the Avery Brundage Collection, 1977
René-Yvon Lefebvre d’Argencé
184 pages, color illustrations

Brushstrokes: Styles and Techniques of Chinese Painting, 1992
So Kam Ng 56 pages, color illustrations, 6 x 9.75 in. ISBN 0-295-97239-4 (paper)

Chang Dai-Chien: Painting from Heart to Hand, 2019
Mark Dean Johnson and Fan Jeremy Zhang, ed.
112 pages,64 color and 18 b/w images, 11 x 9 in. ISBN 978-0-939117-87-1 (paperback)

Errata

The Character of Characters: An Animation by Xu Bing, 2012
Curators of the Asian Art Museum, eds.; with essays by Xu Bing and Britta Erickson
64 pages, color illustrations, CD-ROM, 9.5 x 12.25 in. ISBN 978-0-939117-65-9 (paper)

The Charming Cicada Studio: Masterworks by Chao Shao-an, 1997
Terese Tse Bartholomew, Mayching Kao and So Kam Ng Lee
192 pages, 90 color illustrations, 9 x 12 in. ISBN 0-939117-11-8 (cloth)

China at the Center: Ricci and Verbiest World Maps, 2016
Natasha Reichle, ed.; with essays by M. Antoni J. Ucerler SJ, Theodore N. Foss, and Mark Stephen Mir
64 pages plus foldout, color illustrations, bibliography, 8 x 10 in. ISBN 978-0-939117-72-7 (paper)

Chinese Ceramics: A New Comprehensive Survey, 1996
He Li
352 pages, color illustrations, 9.5 x 12.5 in. ISBN 0-8478-1973-6 (cloth)

Chinese Jades in the Avery Brundage Collection, 1977
René-Yvon Lefebvre d’Argencé
144 pages, color illustrations

A Chorus of Colors: Chinese Glass from Three American Collections, 1995
Clarence F. Shangraw, Claudia Brown, and Donald Rabiner
128 pages, 105 color and 12 b/w illustrations, 8.5 x 11 in. ISBN 0-295-97510-5 (cloth) / 0-295-97511-3 (paper)

Collected Letters: An Installation by Liu Jianhua, 2016
Pedro Moura Carvalho, ed.; texts by Liu Jianhua, Tiffany Wai-Ying Beres, and Karin G. Oen
80 pages, color illustrations, 8.5 x 10 in. ISBN 978-0-939117-75-8 (paper)

Collector’s Choice, Collector’s Voice, 2010
Michael Knight, ed.; entries by members of Nexus
64 pages, 80 color illustrations, 7.25 x 11 in. ISBN 978-0-939117-49-9 (paper)

The Conservation of Asian Lacquer: Case Studies at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 2008
Jane L. Williams
256 pages, color illustrations ISBN 978-0-939117-48-2

Couture Korea, 2017
Hyonjeong Kim Han, ed.
104 pages, 163 color images, 7.25 x 10 in. Includes bibliography ISBN 978-0-939117-82-6 (paperback)

A Curious Affair: The Fascination between East and West, 2006
Forrest McGill
64 pages, approx. 80 color illustrations, 7.75 x 11 in. ISBN 0-939117-34-7 (paper)

D–H

Days in a Life: The Art of Tetsuya Noda, 2004
Robert Flyn Johnson
80 pages, 66 color illustrations, 8.5 x 10 in. ISBN 0-939117-21-5 (cloth) / 0-939117-22-3 (paper)

A Decade of Collecting (1966–1976): An Exhibition Celebrating the Tenth Anniversary of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, The Avery Brundage Collection, 1976
René-Yvon Lefebvre d’Argencé
192 pages, color illustrations, 8.5 x 11 in. (paper)

Divine Bodies: Sacred Imagery in Asian Art, 2018
Qamar Adamjee, Jeffrey Durham, and Karin G. Oen
128 pages, 125 color images, 8.5 x 10 in. Includes bibliography, ISBN 978-0-939117-83-3 (paperback)

The Elegant Gathering: The Yeh Family Collection, 2006
Max Yeh, Wen-hsin Yeh, Kuiyi Shen, and Jason C. Kuo; entries by Michael Knight and He Li
224 pages, color illustrations, index, bibliography, 9 x 12 in. ISBN 0-939117-33-9 (paper)

The Elegant Lotus: The Art and Life of Chang Shangpu (Constance Chang), 2004
Li He and Chu-tsing Li
104 pages, 80 color illustrations, 8.5 x 10 in. ISBN 0-939117-23-1 (paper)

Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma, 1775–1950, 2009
Forrest McGill, ed.; essays by Forrest McGill, M. L. Pattaratorn Chirapravati, and Peter Skilling
264 pages, approx. 185 color illustrations, index, bibliography, 9 x 12 in. ISBN 978-0-939117-50-5 (cloth) / 978-0-939117-51-2 (paper)

Emperors’ Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2016
Jay Xu and He Li, eds.; with contributions by Jay Xu, Fung Ming-chu, Ho Chuan-hsin, Alfreda Murck, Tianlong Jiao, He Li, and curators from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, and the Asian Art Museum 272 pages, color illustrations, index, bibliography, 9 x 12 in. ISBN 978-0-939117-73-4 (cloth) / 978-0-939117-74-1 (paper)

Essence of Indian Art, 1986
B. N. Goswamy
288 pages, color illustrations, 8.75 x 11.5 in. ISBN 0-939117-00-2 (paper)

Essence of Style: Chinese Furniture of the Late Ming and Early Qing Dynasties, 1998
Robert Hatfield Ellsworth et al.
108 pages, color illustrations, 9 x 12 in. ISBN 0-939117-14-2 (cloth)

Exquisite Pursuits: Japanese Art in the Harry G. C. Packard Collection, 1994
Yoko Woodson and Richard Mellott
128 pages, 50 color illustrations, 9 x 12 in. ISBN 0-295-97351-X (cloth) / 0-295-97352-8 (paper)

Fang Zhaoling: A Life in Painting, 2005
Melissa J. Walt; entries by Michael Knight
126 pages, approx. 50 color images, index, bibliography, 8 x 12 in. ISBN 0-939117-30-4 (paper)

Flower Power: The Meaning of Flowers in Asian Art, 2017
Dany Chan
128 pages, 95 color images, 8.25 x 10 in. ISBN 978-0-939117-79-6 (paperback)

Four Centuries of Fashion: Classical Kimono from the Kyoto National Museum, 1997
150 pages, color illustrations, 9 x 12 in. ISBN 0-939117-09-6 (paper)

Gorgeous, 2014
Allison Harding and Forrest McGill, eds.; with essays by Allison Harding, Caitlin Haskell, Forrest McGill, Christy Wampole, and Lawrence Weschler
160 pages, color illustrations, index, 9.5 x 11 in. ISBN 978-0-939117-68-0 (paper)

Goryeo Dynasty: Korea’s Age of Enlightenment, 918–1392, 2003
Kumja Paik Kim
320 pages, approx. 180 color images, 9 x 12 in. ISBN 0-939117-24-x (cloth) / 0-939117-25-8 (paper)

The Hans Popper Collection of Oriental Art, 1973
René-Yvon Lefebvre d’Argencé
196 pages, b/w and color illustrations

Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art, 2006
Terese Tse Bartholomew
352 pages, color illustrations, bibliography, English-language index, Chinese-language index, Pinyin subject index, Pinyin auspicious phrases index, 9 x 12 in. ISBN 0-939117-36-3 (cloth) / 0-939117-37-1 (paper)

Hokusai and Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints from the James A. Michener Collection, Honolulu Academy of Arts, 1998
Yoko Woodson
264 pages, 201 color illustrations, 9 x 12 in. ISBN 0-939-117-16-9 (cloth)

Hopes and Aspirations: Decorative Painting of Korea, 1998
Kumja Paik Kim; with essay by Kay E. Black with Edward W. Wagner
64 pages, color illustrations, bibliography, 8.5 x 11 in. ISBN 0-939117-13-4 (paper)

I–P

In Grand Style: Celebrations in Korean Art during the Joseon Dynasty, 2013
Hyonjeong Kim Han; with essays by Kumja Paik Kim, Moon-sik Kim, and Jaebin Yoo
268 pages, approx. 200 color illustrations, bibliography, 9.25 x 9.25 in. ISBN 978-0-939117-67-3 (cloth)

In the Moment: Japanese Art from the Larry Ellison Collection, 2013
Laura W. Allen, Melissa M. Rinne, and Emily J. Sano; essays by Emily J. Sano, Matthew P. McKelway, and Joe Earle
176 pages, approx. 100 color illustrations, index, bibliography, 10.75 x 11.5 in. ISBN 978-0-939117-61-1 (cloth) / 978-0-939117-62-8 (paper)

Kimono Refashioned, 2018
Yuki Morishima and Rie Nii, ed. 144 pages, 209 images, 9.5 x 11 in. Includes glossary and bibliography ISBN 978-0-939117-85-7 (paperback)

The Kingdom of Siam: The Art of Central Thailand, 1350–1800, 2005
Forrest McGill, ed.; essays by Forrest McGill, Dhiravat na Pombejra, Hiram Woodward, Santi Leksukhum, M. L. Pattaratorn Chirapravati, and Henry Ginsburg; entries by Forrest McGill, with M. L. Pattaratorn Chirapravati, Tushara Bindu Gude, and Natasha Reichle
200 pages, color illustrations, index, bibliography, 8.75 x 12 in. ISBN 89-939117-27-4 (paper)

Kingdom of the Sun: Indian Court and Village Art from the Princely State of Mewar, 2007
Joanna Williams; essays by Cynthia Talbot, Tryna Lyons, Kavita Singh, and Jyotindra Jain; entries by Joanna Williams
240 pages, color illustrations, index, bibliography, 8.5 x 12 in ISBN 0-939117-39-8 (paper)

Later Chinese Jades: Ming Dynasty to Early Twentieth Century, 2007
Michael Knight, He Li, and Terese Tse Bartholomew; additional entries by Melissa Abbe
368 pages, approx. 400 color illustrations, index, bibliography, glossary, 9.5 x 12.25 ISBN 978-0-939117-41-3 (cloth)

Leaning Forward Looking Back: Eight Contemporary Artists from Korea, 2003
Jeff Kelley and Kang Seungwan
112 pages, color illustrations, 8.25 x 10 in. ISBN 89-954206-2-6 (paper)

Living Masters: The Paintings of Zhu Qizhan, 1995
24 pages, color illustrations, 7.5 x 11 in. ISBN 0-939117-07-X

Looking at Patronage: Recent Acquisitions of Asian Art, 1989
Curatorial Staff of the Asian Art Museum
112 pages, approx. 61 color illustrations, 6 x 10 in. ISBN 0-939117-03-7 (paper)

Lords of the Samurai: The Legacy of a Daimyo Family, 2009
Yoko Woodson; with Melissa M. Rinne, essays by Takeuchi Jun’ichi, Thomas Cleary, and Deborah Clearwaters; additional contributions from Abe Junko, Miyake Hidekazu, Jennifer Chen, and Natasha Reichle
240 pages, approx. 200 color illustrations, index, bibliography, 9 x 12 in. ISBN 978-0-939117-46-8 (cloth) / 978-0-939117-47-5 (paper)

Masters of Bamboo: Artistic Lineages in the Lloyd Cotsen Japanese Basket Collection, 2007
Melissa M. Rinne; with Koichiro Okada, contributions by Robert T. Coffland
144 pages, approx. 100 color illustrations, index of artists, bibliography, 8.5 x 10 in. ISBN 978-0-939117-40-6 (paper)

Mongolia: The Legacy of Chinggis Khan, 1995
Patricia Berger and Terese Tse Bartholomew
352 pages, 277 color and 81 b/w illustrations, 9 x 12 in. ISBN 0-500-23705-0 (cloth) / 0-939117-12-6 (paper)

The Monumental Landscapes of Li Huayi, 2004
Michael Knight and Li Huayi
128 pages, approx 65 color illustrations, 8 x 12 in. ISBN 0-939117-26-6 (paper)

Nagasaki and Yokohama Prints from the Richard Gump Collection, 1981
Yoshiko Kakudo
40 pages, color and b/w illustrations

Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy, 2012
Michael Knight and Joseph Z. Chang, eds.; with contributions from Jonathan Chaves, Ho Chuan-hsin, Huang Dun, Michael Knight, Celia Carrington Riely, Wang Lianqi, Wang Yao-t’ing, Xiao Yanyi, and Xue Longchun
352 pages, approx. 124 color illustrations, index, bibliography, partially bilingual, 9.5 x 12.5 in. ISBN 978-0-939117-63-5 (cloth) / 978-0-939117-64-2 (paper)

R–Z

The Rama Epic: Hero, Heroine, Ally, Foe, 2016
Forrest McGill, ed.; introduction by Pika Ghosh, essays by Robert P. Goldman, Sally J. Sutherland Goldman, Philip Lutgendorf, and Forrest McGill; entries by Qamar Adamjee, Jeffrey Durham, Pika Ghosh, Forrest McGill, and Natasha Reichle
288 pages, color illustrations, index, bibliography, 9 x 12 in. ISBN 978-0-939117-76-5 (cloth) / 978-0-939117-77-2 (paper)

Rocks into Gold: Zhan Wang: Sculptures from the Sierra, 2008
Jeff Kelley; with essay by Britta Erickson
88 pages, approx. 75 color illustrations, 8.5 x 10 in. ISBN 978-0-939117-45-1 (paper)

Seduction: Japan’s Floating World, 2015
Laura W. Allen; with essays by Julia Meech, Eric C. Rath, and Melinda Takeuchi
280 pages plus foldouts, color illustrations, index, bibliography, 9 x 12 in. ISBN 978-0-939117-69-7 (cloth) / 978-0-939117-70-3 (paper)

Shanghai: Art of the City, 2010
Michael Knight and Dany Chan; with contributions by Nancy Berliner, Britta Erickson, He Li, Li Lei, Shan Guolin, and Wen-hsin Yeh
300 pages, approx. 300 color illustrations, index, bibliography, glossary, 10.25 x 13.25 in. ISBN 978-0-939117-52-9 (cloth) / 978-0-939117-54-3 (paper)

Spaces Within: Installations by Michael Lin and Wu Mali, 2004
Pauline Yao
80 pages, approx. 85 color illustrations, 8.5 x 10 in. ISBN 0-939117-20-7 (paper)

Sui Jianguo: The Sleep of Reason, 2004
Jeff Kelley
104 pages, approx. 82 color illustrations, 8.75 x 10.25 in., ISBN 0-939117-28-2 (cloth) / 0-939117-29-0 (paper)

teamLab: Continuity, 2020
Karen G. Oen and Clare Jacobson, ed.
160 pages, 122 color images, 10 x12 in. ISBN 978-0-939117-87-1 (hardcover)

The Three Gorges Project: Paintings by Liu Xiaodong, 2006
Jeff Kelley; additional essay by William L. Fox
112 pages plus foldouts, approx. 135 color illustrations, 8.5 x 10 in. ISBN 0-939117-35-5 (paper)

Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty, 2017
Jay Xu, ed.; Jay Xu and Fan Jeremy Zhang, cocurators; Jamie Chu and Claire Yi Yang, coordinating editors; with texts by Jay Xu, Li Zebin, Li Yinde, and Tianlong Jiao
224 pages, 261 color images, 9.5 x 10.5 in. Includes index and bibliography ISBN 978-0-939117-78-9 (hardcover)

Tomb Treasures from China: The Buried Art of Ancient Xi’an, 1994
80 pages, color illustrations, 8.5 x 11 in. ISBN 0-912804-30-0 (paper)

Traditions Unbound: Groundbreaking Painters from Eighteenth-Century Kyoto, 2005
Matthew P. McKelway, ed.; essays by Yoko Woodson, Moriya Katsuhisha, Higuchi Kazutaka, Kano Hiroyuki, and Matthew P. McKelway 208 pages, approx. 200 color illustrations, index, bibliography, glossary, 9 x 12 in., ISBN 0-939117-32-0 (paper)

The 2014 San Francisco Forum of Art Museum Directors: Museums Transcending Time and Place, 2015
Jay Xu 100 pages, color illustrations, 8.5 x 10 in. ISBN 978-0-939117-71-0 (paper)

Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet, 1991
Marylin M. Rhie and Robert A. F. Thurman 408 pages, color illustrations, 9 x 11.75 in. ISBN 0-939117-04-5 (paper)

Yoong Bae: Late Works, 1996
Kumja Paik Kim 24 pages, color illustrations ISBN 0-939117-08-8

Zen Painting and Calligraphy, 17th–20th Centuries, 2001
Yoko Woodson 96 pages, approx. 68 illustrations, 9 x 11 in. ISBN 0-939117-18-5 (paper)