Louise boyd

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Louise boyd

  1. 1. Louise Boyd,HATII &History of Artl.boyd.3@research.gla.ac.ukspaceArt, Sex, and Institutions: Defining, Collecting, andDisplaying Shunga in the UK and Japan
  2. 2. Shunga: sexually explicit art of Edo Japan (1615-1868)Examples of a shunga painting,woodblock print and illustratedbook by Utamaro
  3. 3. Common subjects in Edo artLandscape by HokusaiActor print by Kuniyoshi Beautiful women byUtamaroShunga by Harunobu
  4. 4. Shunga: omitted, hidden & censored
  5. 5. Bilingual Utamaro exhibition cataloguesWith shunga Without shunga
  6. 6. Shunga scholarshipPrevious focus• Interpretation• Translation• ContextualisationMy focus• Definitions• Collection history• Exhibitions• Reception
  7. 7. Interdisciplinary researchHistoryof artQualitativeresearchPsychoanalysisInterviewsMuseumstudiesFeminismHistory ofCollectingCasestudyQuestionnairesMyPhDInformationmanagementPhilosophicalandmethodologicaltheoriesPhenomenologyHermeneutics
  8. 8. What is shunga?春画shunga (literally ‘spring art’)• shunga ≠ erotic art• shunga ≠ pornographic art• shunga = sex art?
  9. 9. Art? DefinitionsObscene?Pornography?Erotic?
  10. 10. Do definitions matter?
  11. 11. Other factors
  12. 12. Japan Foundation Japanese-LanguageInstitute, KansaiProgram for Specialists in Cultural and Academic Fields
  13. 13. Research in JapanTokyo National Museum Hokusai exhibition
  14. 14. Is nudity erotic?Examples of Western nude Rare example of Japanese nude
  15. 15. The International Research Center forJapanese Studies’ database• 367 titles• 101 artists•High resolution photographs•Each book can be fully read
  16. 16. Case study
  17. 17. Previous exhibitions of shunga
  18. 18. Reviewing and analysing literature
  19. 19. Survey to locate shunga in the UK
  20. 20. Thanks for listening

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