Release Date: September 8, 2011
Biography: Yukio Lippit, Guest Curator
Yukio Lippit is Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University, where he has taught since 2003. He specializes in Japanese painting. He is the co-author with Gregory Levine of Awakenings: Zen Figure Painting in Medieval Japan, the catalogue to an exhibition celebrating the centennial of the Japan Society of New York in 2007. His monograph on the official painting system of early modern Japan, Painting of the Realm: The Kano House of Painters in Seventeenth-Century Japan, is forthcoming from University of Washington Press, and he is currently writing a book on Zen Buddhism and Sino-Japanese ink painting. Lippit has taught in Heidelberg and Tokyo and was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) and the J. Paul Getty Research Institute. He is the guest curator of Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings by Itō Jakuchū (1716–1800), on view at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, from March 30 through April 29, 2012.
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