Christine Guth Biography

Inro made of lacquer over shagreen. 2.5 cm. British Museum 1937,0217.11, © Trustees of the British Museum.

Inro made of lacquer over shagreen. 2.5 cm. British Museum 1937,0217.11, © Trustees of the British Museum.

Name: Dr Christine Guth
Role: Head of Asian, Early Modern to Contemporary Specialism
Research Interests

I lead the Asian Specialism on the V&A/RCA MA History of Design Course. I received my PhD in Fine Arts at Harvard University, where I studied Japanese art history. I have taught at institutions including Princeton, Harvard, Stanford and Berkeley Universities and curated shows at The Japan Society, New York, Katonah Museum of Art and LACMA. I have published on Japanese visual and material culture of the early modern period, most notably in relation to the Japanese tea ceremony, as well as on the trans-national history of collecting and display. I am currently working on a book tentatively entitled 'The Great Wave: The Making of a Modern Icon' that explores the global diffusion of Hokusai’s signature design.

Books and exhibition catalogues

Longfellow's Tattoos: Tourism, Collecting, and Japan. Seattle: University of WashingtonPress, 2004

'Takamura Kôun and Takamura Kôtarô: On being a Sculptor'. The Artist as a Professional in Japan, edited by Melinda Takeuchi. Stanford University Press, 2004. pp. 152-79

'The Exotic, the Aesthetic, the Spiritual: Japanese Art in the Eyes of Early American Collectors 'Crosscurrents: Masterpieces of East Asian Art from New York Private Collections. New York: Japan Society/Harry Abrams, 1999. pp.28-43

Art of Edo Japan: The Artist and the City. New York: Harry Abrams, 1996. Also in British,French, Chinese and Korean editions

Shinzô: Hachiman Imagery and Its Development. Cambridge, Ma: Harvard East AsianStudies Monograph. 119, 1985

Articles

“The Multiple Modalities of the Copy in Traditional Japanese Craft,” The Journal of Modern Craft 3/1 (March 2010): 7-18

'Hasegawa's fairytales: Toying with Japan'. Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics 53/54(spring/autumn 2008) 266-282

'Hokusai's Geometry'. Review of Japanese Culture and Society XX (December 2008):120-132

'Charles Longfellow and Okakura Kakuzô: Cultural Cross-dressing in the Colonial Context'. Positions East Asia Cultures Critique. 8:3 (2000): 605-36

'Kokuhô: From Dynastic to National Treasure'. Cahiers d'Extreme Orient. 1996-7 313-22Art, Tea and Industry: Masuda Takashi and the Mitsui Circle. Princeton University Press,1993

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