Chelsea Foxwell

Chelsea Foxwell

Associate Professor of Art History and the College
265 Cochrane-Woods Art Center
On-Leave 2017-18

Chelsea Foxwell’s scholarship ranges from the medieval through modern periods of Japanese art with special emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. In 2012 she co-curated the exhibition Awash in Color: French and Japanese Prints with Anne Leonard at the Smart Museum of Art.

Her work focuses on Japan’s artistic interactions with the rest of East Asia and beyond, nihonga and yōga; “export art” and the world’s fairs; practices of image circulation, exhibition, and display; and the relationship between image-making and the kabuki theater.

A member of the Committee on Japanese Studies and the Center for the Art of East Asia, she is a contributor to the Digital Scrolling Paintings and the Reading Kuzushiji projects.

Selected Publications

  • Making Modern Japanese-Style Painting: Kano Hogai and the Search for Images. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.
  • "The Pulled Back View: The Illustrated Life of Ippen and the Visibility of Karma in Medieval Japan." Archives of Asian Art 65:1-2 (2015): 25-56.
  • Yamato-e Across the Edo-Meiji Transition: Sumiyoshi Hirokata and Fenollosa” 「明治維新を越えたやまと絵——住吉広賢とフェノロサ」 in Shimohara Miho, ed., Kinsei yamato-e saikō近世やまと絵再考』, pp. 193-217. Tokyo: Bruecke, 2013.
  • “New Art and the Display of Antiquities in Mid-Meiji Tokyo.” Review of Japanese Culture and Society XXIV (December 2012), 137-54.
  •  “Body, Site, and Memory: Some Observations on Chūshingura in Nishiki-e,” in Aleksandra Görlich et al, The Treasury of Loyal Retainers: The Drama of the 47 Ronin (Krakow: Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, 2012), 34-45.
  • “Crossings and Dislocations: Toshio Aoki (1854-1912), A Japanese Artist in California.” Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 11:3 (Fall 2012).
  • “The Social Landscape of Color Printmaking: Japan and Beyond.” In Awash in Color: French and Japanese Prints, pp. 13-44. Chicago: Smart Museum of Art, 2012.
  •  “Introduction,” Modern Japanese Art and the Meiji State by Dōshin Satō. Translated by Hiroshi Nara. Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute Publications, 2011, pp. 1-27.
  •  “Merciful Mother Kannon and its Audiences,” The Art Bulletin XCII:4 (December 2010), 326-47.
  • “Japan as Museum? Encapsulating Change and Loss in Late-Nineteenth-Century Japan.” Getty Research Journal 1 (2009): 39-52.

Ph.D. Columbia University - Japanese Art and Architecture