By Timon Screech
Published by Reaktion Books
The Edo Period is known worldwide as one of the most vibrant and exciting times in the history of Japanese art. In this talk, Timon Screech takes us on an entertaining tour of Edo art and suggest ways in which art historical scholarship, and appreciation, can develop in diverse periods and fields. Drawing on significant examples from his book, Obtaining Images, he introduces the reader to important artists and their work, and describes how the most important features of Edo art developed.
Obtaining Images: Art, Production and Display in Edo Japan is not only the most expansive single-volume study of Edo art attempted in any language, but is the first that sets Edo painting, sculpture and the applied arts within the social context of their times, in terms of production and consumption. Ultimately, it equips readers with the keys to examining Japanese art for themselves.
The beautifully illustrated paperback edition of Obtaining Images was launched at this event by Reaktion Books.
About the contributors
Professor Timon Screech
Professor Timon Screech is Professor of the History of Art and Head of the School of Arts at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He received his BA from the University of Oxford and after completing his PhD in Art History at Harvard, joined SOAS in 1991, where he was elected to a Chair in 2006. He is a former Visiting Professor at Tama Art University, Tokyo. He has published some dozen books on Edo visual culture, including Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan 1700–1820 (Reaktion Books, 2nd edition 2012), and Obtaining Images: Art, Production and Display in Edo Japan (Reaktion Books, 2012 and now in paperback 2017).