November 9, 2017; 6 – 7:00pm
Gold in Japanese Paintings, and What It Can Tell Us
Frank Feltens
Anne van Biema Fellow, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Gold has the potential to unveil fascinating secrets about works of art. At the example of screens by the 16th-century Unkoku School at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, this lecture examines the changing perceptions of gold in late medieval and early modern Japanese painting. In the process, we will see how the aesthetic of paintings shifted over time, and how it sometimes departed from the original intention of the painter.

Unkoku Tōgan, Landscape, Muromachi or Momoyama Period, 16th century. Ink, gold, and tint on paper. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.: Gift of Charles Lang Freer, F1907.134

612 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University

December 7, 2017; 6-7:00PM
Facing Turbulent Times: Images of the Great Peace in East Asia
Chin-Sung Chang
Professor of Art History, Seoul National University

Chin-Sung Chang is Professor of Art History at Seoul National University, specializing in the history of Chinese and Korean painting. He holds a master’s and PhD in art history from Yale University, an MA in art history from Columbia, and a BA in archaeology and art history from Seoul National University. He was both a Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow in 2005–2006 and an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in 2013–2014 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has co-authored Landscapes Clear and Radiant: The Art of Wang Hui (1632–1717) and Art of the Korean Renaissance, 1400-1600. He is currently working on monographs on the eminent Chinese literati artist Ni Zan (1301–1374) and the distinguished Korean court painter Kim Hongdo (1745–after 1806).

Detail from The City of Great Peace, early nineteenth century, Korea. Eight-panel screen, ink and colors on silk, 113.6 x 49.1 (each panel), National Museum of Korea, Seoul.

612 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University