Chelsea Foxwell


Chelsea Foxwell’s scholarship ranges from the medieval through modern periods of Japanese art with special emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. She is the author of Making Modern Japanese-Style Painting: Kano Hōgai and the Search for Images (2015). 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 (Japanese oil painting); “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.

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(Tokyo: Bruecke, 2013)


“Body, Site, and Memory: Some Observations on Chūshingura in Nishiki-e,” in The Treasury of Loyal Retainers: The Drama of the 47 Ronin, eds. Aleksandra Görlich et al. (Krakow: Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, 2012)


Introduction,” in Modern Japanese Art and the Meiji State by Dōshin Satō, translated by Hiroshi Nara (Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute Publications, 2011)



Awash in Color: French and Japanese Prints, (with Anne Leonard), Smart Museum of Art, 2012-2013 

Yokoo Tadanori: Recent Poster Works, 1995-2005, (with Sarah Arehart and the Japan Foundation Toronto), Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago, 2010


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