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Asia and the New World: Global Exchange and Artistic Influence in the Colonial Americas, 1500-1800
Dennis Carr, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia (Catalog)
Title: Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia
Author: Dennis Carr, Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, MFA
Author: Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Professor and Alfred and Isabel Bader Chair, Southern Baroque, Queen's Univ
Author: Timothy Brook, Republic of China Chair, Dept. of History, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Author: Mitchell Codding, Executive Director, The Hispanic Society of America, New York
Author: Karina H. Corrigan, H.A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export Art, Peabody Essex Museum
Author: Donna Piece, Frederick & Jan Meyer Curator of Spanish Colonial Art, Denver Art Museum
Abstract: Made in the Americas reveals the largely overlooked history of the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Beginning in the sixteenth century, European outposts in the New World, especially those in New Spain, became a major nexus of the Asia export trade. Craftsmen from Canada to Peru, inspired by the sophisticated designs and advanced techniques of these imported goods, combined Asian styles with local traditions to produce unparalleled furniture, silverwork, textiles, ceramics, lacquer, painting, and architectural ornaments. Among the exquisite objects featured in this book, from across the hemisphere and spanning the seventeenth to the early nineteenth centuries, are folding screens made in Mexico, in imitation of imported Japanese and Chinese screens; blue-and-white talavera ceramics copied from Chinese porcelains; luxuriously woven textiles, made to replicate fine silks and cottons from China and India; devotional statues that adapt Buddhist gods into Christian saints; and japanned furniture produced in colonial Boston that simulates Asian lacquer finishes. The stories these objects tell, compellingly related by leading scholars, bring to life the rich cultural interchange and the spectacular arts of the first global age.
Year: 2015
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Primary URL Description: World Cat
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Secondary URL Description: MFA exhibition catalogue website
Catalog Type: Exhibition Catalog
Publisher: MFA Publications