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

Strawberry Thief Free iPad Game

Strawberry Thief by BAFTA award winning games designer Sophia George is a playful celebration of the work of Victorian designer William Morris. Uncover the famous Arts and Crafts design by drawing on your screen with your finger and watch your iPad transform from blank paper to an animated masterpiece.

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Event - The Twentieth Century: Masters of Modern Architecture and Design

Thu 25 September 2014–Thu 26 March 2015

24 WEEK COURSE: From Alvar Aalto to Frank Lloyd Wright, from Art Deco to Post-Modernism, this new, two-term course explores the major movements and practitioners associated with 20th-century design.

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