Akira Takagishi (Spring 2017)
Akira Takagishi is a specialist in Japanese art history, especially on hanging scrolls and handscrolls from the Medieval period. Upon receiving his doctorate from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, he was a Research Fellow at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and then a curator at The Museum Yamato Bunkakan. He was also Associate Professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and is currently Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology at the University of Tokyo. In addition, in 2011 he was the Ishibashi Foundation Guest Professor at the University of Heidelberg, Germany
His research focuses on Yamato-e paintings of the Medieval period in Japan. His publication, “A Study of the Ten Realms of Existence Screens in the Taimadera Okunoin Temple Collection,” received the prestigious Kokka Prize in 1998. In 2011 his article, “A Study of the Execution and Appreciation of Picture Handscrolls in the Muromachi Period,” was awarded the JSPS Prize. He is also interested in topics such as the political context of painting production amidst power struggles in Medieval Japan, and in the establishment of the institutional structures of the Tosa School. He will be the chief editor of the forthcoming volume, Art History of the Imperial Court 『天皇の美術史』(Tokyo, Yoshikawa Kobunkan).
Arnold Chang (Fall 2016)
Arnold Chang (Zhang Hong) was born in 1954 in New York City. He studied art history with Professor James Cahill and holds a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado. Chang studied painting and connoisseurship with C.C. Wang for twenty-five years, and also studied painting with Kuo Yen-ch’iao in Taipei and calligraphy with Wang Chiyuan in New York. His landscape paintings have been exhibited internationally and are in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, British Museum, Asian Art Museum, LACMA, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Brooklyn Museum, and the Phoenix Art Museum. Chang has organized several exhibitions, and is the author of a book and numerous exhibition catalogues and articles on Chinese painting. Chang served for many years as Vice President and Director of Chinese Paintings at Sotheby’s, where he is presently a consultant, and was formerly a painting specialist at Kaikodo gallery in New York.
Soyoung Lee (Fall 2016)
CURATOR OF KOREAN ART
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM
Soyoung Lee is Curator of Korean Art in the Department of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As the museum’s first curator for the Korean collection, she has organized numerous exhibitions including, “The Art of the Korean Renaissance (1400–1600),” and “Silla Korea’s Golden Kingdom.” Lee received her degrees from Columbia University and is currently a visiting professor teaching on the ceramic arts of Korea and Japan.
Michio Yonekura (Fall 2016)
Distinguished Atsumi Visiting Professor
Michio Yonekura is an art historian specializing in Japanese painting. After he received his MA at the Tokyo National Institute of Fine Arts and Music, he joined the Tokyo National Research Institute of Cultural Properties, where he engaged in research and study of Japanese art for twenty-five years, serving as Director of the Department of Archives from 1998 to 2001. He then became professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Sophia (Jōchi) University in Tokyo, and taught Japanese art history there until 2011. He has been a visiting professor and given lectures on medieval Japanese portraiture and narrative painting at Heidelberg University, Waseda University, and Harvard University.
Professor Yonekura's primary field of research is medieval Japanese painting. By focusing on the visual representation of the subjects in portraiture, landscape, and narrative paintings of the 13th and 14th century (Kamakura-Nanbokuchō periods), he has sought to re-examine traditional master narratives of Japanese art history. His research has been published in books and articles on the iconic Jingoji portraits and illustrated biographies of renowned Buddhist monks. His main current research topic is the late 13th century Illustrated Biography of Ippen.
Furuta Ryō (Spring 2016)
Furuta Ryō is a scholar of modern Japanese art who has curated many exhibitions and has published extensively on painting in Japan in the late-19th and early 20th century. He received the Suntory Prize for his book, Tawaraya Sōtatsu (Heibonsha, 2010), and has also published books about the painters Takahashi Yuichi and Kano Hōgai. Most recently he has co-curated the exhibition, “Sōtatsu: Making Waves” at the Freer Museum / Sackler Gallery.
Shimizu Shigeatsu (Winter 2015-2016)
Shigeatsu Shimizu is an associate professor at the Kyoto Institute of Technology. He specializes in the theory of architectural restoration in Japan. His book Kenchiku hozon gainen no seisei shi (The Rise of Architectural Preservation in Japan, Chuo Koron Bijutsu Shuppan, 2013) received the Prize of the Architectural Institute of Japan in 2015. He formerly worked as a researcher at the National Research Institute of Cultural Properties, Nara, where he engaged in the research and design work for the reconstruction of the Daigokuden Hall of the Nara Palace Site. Recently he is expanding his interests to a comparative study of ancient architecture and the preservation of urban cultural landscapes in East Asia.