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Bert Winther-Tamaki

Chair, Art History
School of Humanities

Professor, Visual Studies

PH.D., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Fax: (949) 824-2464
Email: dewinthe@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
Department of Art History
2210 Humanities Gateway
Mail Code: 2785
Irvine, CA 92697

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History of Modern Japanese Art and Visual Culture. Asian American Art. History of interactions between Japanese and American art worlds. Art and globalization.
URL www.humanities.uci.edu/arthistory/faculty/bwinther.htm
My work focuses on the role of the visual arts in the construction of modern national identities, especially in early and mid-twentieth-century Japan. I am particularly intrigued by artists whose positions partly outside Japan complicated the artistic identities they developed in various media: Isamu Noguchi, Minoru Yamasaki, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and Fujita Tsuguji. My book, Art in the Encounter of Nations: Japanese and American Artists in the Early Postwar Years, examines the contribution of discourses about abstract ceramic sculpture, avant-garde calligraphy, abstract paintings, and place designs to modern Japanese cultural identity. In two articles on Isamu Noguchi, I consider the different cultural significations of a range of sculptural and design materials (clay, stone, metal, plastic) in his thinking and practice.
Publications Maximum Embodiment: Yôga, the “Western Painting” of Japan, 1910-1955. University of Hawai’i Press, January 2012.
  Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics: A Close Embrace of the Earth co-author with Louise Cort. Washington, D.C.: The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.
  Art in the Encounter of Nations: Japanese and American Artists in the Early Postwar Years. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2001.
  "The Asian Dimensions of Postwar Abstract Art: Calligraphy and Metaphysics" in Alexandra Munroe, ed. The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989 (New York: Guggenheim Museum, 2009), pp.145-157.
  "Global Consciousness in Yôga Self-Portraiture" in Jaynie Anderson, ed. Crossing Cultures: Conflict, Migration, Convergence: the Proceedings of the 32nd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art. (Carlton, Vic.: Miegunyah Press, Melbourne University Publishing, 2009), pp.847-851.
  "Asian Possessions of the Cubist Body: 'Home from Home'" Cubism in Asia; Unbounded Dialogues, International Symposium Report ed. by Yasuko Furuichi. (Tokyo: Japan Foundation, 2006), pp.304-311.
  "Oriental Coefficient: The Role of China in the Japanization of Yôga" Modern Chinese Literature & Culture 18:1 (Summer 2006), pp.85-119.
  "Oil Painting in Postsurrender Japan: Reconstructing Subjectivity through Deformation of the Body" Monumenta Nipponica vol.58, no.3 (Autumn 2003), pp.347-396.
  "Stone Pied-à-Terre and Space-Age Steel: Isamu Noguchi and the Credo of Truth to Material" in Isamu Noguchi, Sculptural Design (Weil am Rhein, Germany: Vitra Design Museum, 2001), pp.186- 218.
  "Minoru Yamasaki: Contradictions of Scale in the Career of the Nisei Architect of the World’s Largest Building" Amerasia Journal. vol.26, no.3 (Winter 2001), pp.162-188.
  "Yagi Kazuo: The Admission of the Nonfunctional Object into the Japanese Pottery World" Journal of Design History vol.12, no.2, (June 1999), pp.123- 141.
  Yukinori Yanagi; Image, Nation & Transnation. Co-Editor, primary author, with essays by graduate students of the Visual Studies Ph.D program. CD Rom. University of California, Irvine. 1998.
  "Embodiment/Disembodiment in Japanese Painting During the Fifteen Year War" Monumenta Nipponica vol.52, no.2 (Summer 1997), pp.145- 180.
  “Mark Tobey, White Writing for a Janus-Faced America,” Word & Image vol.13, no.1 (January-March 1997), pp.77-91.
  “The Rejection of Isamu Noguchi's Hiroshima Cenotaph: A Japanese American Artist in Occupied Japan,” Art Journal vol.53, no.4 (Winter 1994), pp.23-27.
College Art Association
Association of Asian Studies
Japanese Art History Forum
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