Andreas Marks, PhD

Andreas Marks, PhD

Curator of Japanese and Korean Art
Japanese and Korean Art Department Head
Director of the Clark Center at the MIA

Department: Japanese and Korean Art

Background/Work History

Andreas oversees the MIA’s renowned collection of Japanese and Korean art. He came to the MIA from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, in California, where he was the director and chief curator for five years starting in 2008. The collection doubled during his tenure and garnered a global reputation for its singular connoisseurship before coming to the MIA, along with Andreas, in 2013. He has written extensively about Japanese art, including Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers, and Masterworks 1680–1900, the first compendium of woodblock publishers, named an Outstanding Title by CHOICE Reviews in 2010. He studied for his MA (2004) in East Asian Art History, Chinese Studies, and Psychology at the University of Bonn, in Germany, while managing international student recruitment fairs starting in 1993. He received his PhD in Japanese Studies (2010) from Leiden University, in the Netherlands, and spent two years in Tokyo on research fellowships. He speaks German, is proficient in Japanese, and is a devoted collector with over 300 woodblock prints, hanging scrolls, and ceramics.

Honors and Professional Associations

2014: 8th International Ukiyo-e Society Award 第8回国際浮世絵学会賞

  • Seven Masters: 20th-Century Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Wells Collection. With contributions by Chiaki Ajioka, Amy Reigle Newland, et al. Minneapolis Institute of Arts and University of Washington Press, scheduled for fall 2015.
  • Tokaido Texts and Tales: Tokaido gojusan tsui by Kuniyoshi, Hiroshige, and Kunisada. Editor. With contributions by Laura Allen and Ann Wehmeyer. University Press of Florida, scheduled for summer 2015.
  • Japan Journeys: Famous Woodblock Prints of Cultural Sites in Japan. Tuttle, scheduled for spring 2015.
  • Kunisada’s Tokaido: Riddles in Japanese Woodblock Prints. Hotei, December 2013. 359 pages
  • Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor. International Arts and Artists and Tuttle, January 2013. 88 pp.
  • Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art. International Arts and Artists and University of Washington Press, November 2012. 96 pp.
  • Genji’s World in Japanese Woodblock Prints. With contributions by Bruce Coats, Michael Emmerich, Susanne Formanek, Sepp Linhart, and Rhiannon Paget. Hotei, October 2012. 288 pp.
  • Kamisaka Sekka: Rinpa Traditionalist, Modern Designer. Pomegranate, March 2012. 192 pp.
  • Fukami: Purity of Form. English and Japanese. With contributions by Louise Cort, Hans Thomsen, et al. Clark Center for Japanese Art & Culture and University of Washington Press, March 2011. 172 pp.
  • Publishers of Japanese Woodblock Prints: A Compendium. Hotei, December 2010. 576 pp.
  • Dreams and Diversions: 250 Years of Japanese Woodblock Prints at the San Diego Museum of Art. Co‐editor with Sonya Quintanilla. With contributions by Hiroko Johnson, Howard Link, Andreas Marks, Okubo Jun’ichi, Sonya Quintanilla et al. San Diego Museum of Art and University of Washington Press, November 2010. 216 pp.
  • Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680–1900. With an introduction by Stephen Addiss. Tuttle, May 2010. 336 pp. Awards received: CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries Outstanding Academic Title 2010; ForeWord Reviews 2010 Book of the Year Award Finalist.