Faculty » J.P.Park
Street view of "798 Art District in Beijing"
Office: 225 Arts Building
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Areas of specialization: Chinese Print Culture, Early Modern (Late Chosŏn) Korean Art, Contemporary East Asian Art, and Post-Globalism and Multiculturalism in Contemporary Art.
J.P. Park’s research interests touch upon a wide spectrum of art historical materials ranging from ancient tombs in North Korea to contemporary art in China. His first book, Art by the Book: Painting Manuals and the Leisure Life in Late Ming China (University of Washington Press, 2012) discusses how the genre of “how-to-paint” books can be productively examined as a key element in the larger cultural matrix of the early modern China, not only in terms of the knowledge and practice of art, but also as a register of social changes, gender issues, fashion, leisure, and conflicts of taste. He has also authored an exhibition catalogue, Keeping It Real: Korean Artists in the Age of Multi-Media Representation, wherein he tries to expose the limitations of current modes of globalization in contemporary art and illuminates the concept of “post-globalism” as an alternative channel of historical analysis. He has also published multiple articles on contemporary East Asian art, Chinese print culture, and Chinese literary criticism. He is currently working on his next book project, tentatively titled, The Age of Vicissitudes: Transformations and Negotiations in the Art of the Late Chosŏn Korea (1650–1850).