The Art of Japanese Tarot

July 29th, 2011 § 0 comments

Talk about a giant Tarot collection – as of this past March, Adam McLean has over 2,000 decks. That’s a lot.

But he shares. He’s got a list of his fabulous collection online, and has been working on a Tarot database of some of his Japanese, Taiwanese and Chinese decks. It’s pretty incredible.

And by the looks of it, Tarot is kind of a sideline to his alchemy work. If you’re interested in alchemy, you should definitely visit his site.

He had a show back in 2009 called The Art of Japanese Tarot, held at the Mackintosh Gallery of the Glasgow School of Art, and curated by Ronnie Heaps.

The show featured the Japanese part of McLean’s collection, with cards from the 70’s, through today’s Manga and gaming decks.

You can see it in the video below, and hear McLean describe how Japanese Tarot has developed through the years.

I don’t know what it says about me, but I’m especially drawn to the decks meant for children and video games.

And isn’t that Marcus Katz at the 17:30 mark?

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