By Kentaro Kobuke and Timon Screech, Professor of the History of Art, SOAS
About the contributors
Professor Timon Screech
Timon Screech is Professor of the History of Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He received a BA in Oriental Studies (Japanese) at Oxford University in 1985 and completed his PhD in Art History at Harvard University in 1991. He has been at SOAS since graduation from Harvard. He has published widely on many aspects of Edo period art and culture, and has written several books in Japanese and English. He has also been visiting professor of Art History at the University of Chicago, and guest researcher at Gakushuin and Waseda Universities in Tokyo. His interest and expertise lie in areas such as art history, history of the East-West relations, Japanese visual culture and urban history of Japan.
Kentaro Kobuke: Kobuke’s pop images are used in various commercial scenes such as COMME des GARCONS, GYRE, Tokyo and Isetan/Loope Wheeler. He has also published two books, Start and Kinopipinoki. Solo shows include ‘Parfait’ at SCAI THE BATHHOUSE in Tokyo (2004) and ‘Names’ at AAA Gallery in Paris (2008). Kobuke has also shown in New York with John Connelly Presents and at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. Other recent group shows include ‘Cultural Detritus’ at Pippy Houldsworth and ‘Sunset in the Morning’ at Master Piper. The artist’s works were also exhibited in 2010 at the Saatchi Gallery as part of Highlights from the Franks-Suss Collection. Kentaro Kobuke is currently represented in Tokyo by SCAI THE BATHHOUSE.