Art history faculty appointed forum leader

Congratulations to Andrew Maske, associate professor of art history and visual studies, who has been elected president of the Japan Art History Forum.


The forum is an international nonprofit organization made up mainly of university art historians, museum curators, and graduate students, but also includes independent scholars and collectors. There are currently 395 active members worldwide.

Andrew Maske specializes in the arts of Asia, focusing especially on ceramic art in Japan from the sixteenth century to the present. He is also interested in artistic connections between East Asian nations, both historical and contemporary. An added interest is the cultural context of artworks in Asia, including connoisseurship, collecting, display, performance, and use.

Maske received his doctorate in Japanese Art History from Oxford University. He teaches courses concentrating on the art of East Asia (China, Korea, and Japan). As a curator of Japanese art between 1999 and 2005, he developed the exhibition Geisha: Beyond the Painted Smile, and served as editor and primary author of the critically-acclaimed volume by the same name. This exhibition explored Japanese geisha both as the subject of artworks and as performing artists themselves from the eighteenth century to the present day. Maske also played a major role in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2003 catalogue, Turning Point: Oribe and the Arts of Sixteenth Century Japan, which examined the revolution in Japanese aesthetics that began in the late sixteenth century. He has published articles and reviews in Archaeometry, Journal of Japanese Studies, Orientations, and Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan.

During the seven years he lived in Japan, Maske studied numerous aspects of Japanese art and culture, practicing chanoyu (tea ceremony), Japanese dance, and the instrument shamisen. He is currently completing a monograph on Japanese tea ceramics, Takatori Ware: Potters and Patrons in Edo Japan (2011). In 2006-2007 he held a Fulbright research fellowship in China to study the development of contemporary ceramic art there.