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  • Gregory Levine

    Associate Professor

    Art and Architecture of Japan and Buddhist Visual Cultures

    Ph.D., Princeton University, 1997
    M.A., Princeton University, 1990
    B.A., Oberlin College, 1985

  • Bio

    Gregory Levine is a historian of art and architecture in Japan, whose writing and teaching also engage Buddhist visual cultures globally. Recent publications include “On Return: Kano Eitoku’s Flowers and Birds of the Four Seasons and the Digital World,” in Crossing the Sea: Essays on East Asian Art in Honor of Yoshiaki Shimizu (2012); “Buddha Rush: A Story of Art and its Consequences” (BOOM, 2012); and “Art Occupies Occupy Cal” (State of the Arts, UC Santa Barbara, 2011). His forthcoming publications include “Zen Art before ‘Nothingness,’” in Murai and Chong, eds., Inventing Asia, and “The Faltering Brush: Material, Sensory Trace, and Nonduality in Chan/Zen Buddhist Death Verse Calligraphies,” in Sensational Religion: Sensory Cultures in Material Practice, ed. Sally Promey. He is currently working on an essay collection, Long Strange Journey: Essays on Zen Art and Other Predicaments, and a book, Buddha Heads: Fragments, Landscapes, and Buddhist Visual Cultures, for which he was awarded a 2010-2011 Guggenheim Fellowship. His first book, Daitokuji: The Visual Cultures of a Zen Monastery (2005), was a finalist in 2007 for the Charles Rufus Morey Prize (“for an especially distinguished book in art history”) awarded by the College Art Association.

  • Books

  • Select publications

    “On Return: Kano Eitoku’s Flowers and Birds of the Four Seasons and the Digital World.” In Crossing the Sea: Essays on East Asian Art in Honor of Yoshiaki Shimizu, ed. Gregory Levine, Andrew Watsky, and Gennifer Weisenfeld (Princeton: Tang Center for East Asian Art, Princeton University Press, 2012).

    “Buddha Rush: A Story of Art and its Consequences,” BOOM: A Journal of California, vol. 2, 3 (Fall, 2012): 45-61. (image)

    “Art Occupies at Occupy Cal.” SOTA (State of the Arts), University of California Institute for Research in the Arts. November 28, 2011. http://ucsota.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/art-occupies-at-occupy-cal/

    Gregory Levine and Peter Glazer, "Common Ground." Townsend Center for the Humanities Newletter (Mar./Feb., 2010): 25-27. (Download as PDF)

    Gregory Levine, "Two (or More) Truths: Reconsidering Zen Art in the West," in Awakenings: Zen Figure Paintings from Medieval Japan, eds. Gregory Levine, Yukio Lippit (New York: Japan Society; Yale University Press, 2007), 52-63. (Download as PDF)

    “Malraux’s Buddha Heads,” in Blackwell Companion to Asian Art, ed. Deborah Hutton, Rebecca Brown (London: Blackwell Publishing, 2010).

    “Zen Art: Pure Gesture, Nationalist Aesthetic, or Nothing at all?” In Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Religions, ed. Inken Pohl and John Nelson (Leiden: Brill, expected 2012), 529-550. Revision of “Two (or More) Truths: Reconsidering Zen Art in the West,” published originally in Gregory Levine, Yukio Lippit, eds. Awakenings: Zen Figure Paintings from Medieval Japan (New York: Japan Society and Yale University Press, 2007), 52-63.

    Review: Andrew Watsky, Chikubushima: Deploying the Sacred Arts in Momoyama Japan. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2003. Monumenta Nipponica, 59, no. 3 (Autumn, 2004), 421-24.

    “Rakan in America: Travels of the Daitokuji 500 Luohan,” in Moving Objects: Time, Space, and Context, ed. Tokyo National Research Institute of Cultural Properties (Tokyo: Heibonsha, 2004), 96-109.

    “Switching Sites and Identities: The Founder’s Statue at the Japanese Zen Buddhist Temple Kōrin’in.” The Art Bulletin Vol. LXXXIII (March 2001): 72-104.

    Review: Joseph Parker, Zen Buddhist Landscape Arts of Early Muromachi Japan (1336-1573) Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999. Journal of Asian Studies 58/4 (Nov. 1999): 1150-1153.