The Arts of Japan

Marks, Andreas

Art Historian and Curatorb. 1973

Dr. Andreas Marks specializes in Japanese woodblock prints. He is a prolific author who has curated numerous exhibitions on Japanese art. Since 2013, he has been the Head of the Japanese and Korean Art Department and Director of the Clark Center at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Andreas Marks studied East Asian art history at the University of Bonn before earning his PhD in Japanology from Leiden University with a thesis on 19th-century actor prints. Before moving to the U.S., he was the managing director of an international exhibition and fair organizer headquartered in Germany.

Beginning in 2008, he served as the director and chief curator of California's Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture. In 2013, the Minneapolis Institute of Art acquired and relocated the Clark Center's collection, along with Andreas Marks, who continued to oversee the collection at its new institution. Currently, he is the Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese and Korean Art and director of the Clark Center for Japanese Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Andreas Marks has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions on various aspects of Japanese art, including paintings, prints, ceramics, weaponry, and works of bamboo, at institutions such as the Berkeley Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, Honolulu Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, San Antonio Museum of Art, and San Diego Museum of Art.

He is the author of Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks, 1680-1900, Genji's World in Japanese Woodblock Prints, and Kunisada's Tokaido: Riddles in Japanese Woodblock Prints. His Publishers of Japanese Prints: A Compendium is the first comprehensive reference work on print publishers from the 1650s to the 1990s.

In June 2014, he received the International Ukiyo-e Society's annual award for his research and publications on Japanese woodblock prints.



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Articles and Essays

Yamakawa Shūhō
Published in Seven Masters
Torii Kotondo
Published in Seven Masters
New Prints by Professional Painters
Published in Seven Masters
Yamamura Kōka (Toyonari)
Published in Seven Masters
Natori Shunsen
Published in Seven Masters