A swimmer, wearing goggles, performs the butterfly stroke in wavy splashes of water. The whole scene is rendered in vibrant segments of rainbow colors.

Our Publications

Discover the wealth of information contained in our publications. These catalogues, journals, manuscripts, and more contain expert insights on a full spectrum of Asian art, culture, and history, as well as on American art and the history of the museums themselves.

Thanks to a digitization effort made possible with help from Smithsonian Libraries and the Internet Archive, we can now offer many of our out-of-print publications free of charge to viewers worldwide in a section we call the Bookshelf. Flip through these pages online, or download files to your digital library for later reading.

This is also the place to find and purchase our in-print titles and to peruse our online-only research offerings.


Image credit: Butterfly (detail), Ay-Ō (b. 1931), Printer: Sukeda Kenryо̄ (b. 1941), Japan, Showa era, 1988, Screenprint on paper, edition 3/100, The Pearl and Seymour Moskowitz Collection, S2021.5.5, © Ay-Ō