Editor's Choice

Editor's Choice

April 04, 2004|By Michael Pakenham

Art of the Japanese Postcard: Masterpieces from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection. MFA Publications. 288 pages with 370 illustrations, 350 in color. $45.

This is the enchanting catalog of an exhibition of the enormous Lauder collection, presented by Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, which will be on display through June 10. The cards were made between 1880 and 1940, from work by graphic designers and contemporary artists -- a rich popular commercial art form that is probably utterly obscure to most Americans. Lauder began collecting postcards as a boy, then focused specifically on Japanese cards, accumulating a total of 25,000 of them, which he gave to the Boston museum two years ago. This volume begins with a cheerful and informative essay by Lauder, and proceeds with learned essays by two eminent scholars and the curator of the show, Anne Nishimura Morse. Anyone fond of Japanese prints, art nouveau design or arcane graphic forms will find hours of delight here.

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