Katharine P. Burnett
Professor of Art History
Faculty Director, Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science
Chinese Art and Culture
Ph.D., University of Michigan
M.A., University of Michigan
B.A., Wellesley College
Katharine Burnett researches cultural values and the formation of culture with an emphasis on China from 1550 to present. Her projects explore historical art theory and criticism, art and politics, art collecting and display, and visual and material culture relating to the global tea trade.
Arts of Asia: this lecture course introduces major forms and trends in the arts and material culture of Asia from the Neolithic to the contemporary emphasizing the visual manifestation of secular and religious ideas and ideals.
Chinese Art: this lecture course exams 3000 years of Chinese art and culture from Neolithic through Tang Dynasty through a study of ceremonial and secular objects manifesting folk beliefs and belief systems of ancestor worship, Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism.
Chinese Painting: this lecture course consists of thematic and chronological examination of Chinese painting and culture from the Tang Dynasty through the early 20th century.
Early Modern Chinese Painting: this lecture course traces topics in Chinese art history from the 13th to the 19th centuries.
Art from China 1900 to the Present: this lecture course examines modern and contemporary Chinese art, exploring the historical context that shaped it, and the political situations that dictated many of its themes and forms.
Museum and Meditation: Use and Re-use of Cultural Sites and Properties
Investigating the Canon: What is Chinese Painting? and Why?
Sites and Sights: Travel Painting in 17th-Century China
Visual and Material Culture Relating to the Sino-Viet Trade in Tea and Tea Ware
Transmission and Transformation in 17th-Century Painting from China
Collectors and Collecting
Tea and Its Impact on Visual and Material Culture
Paradigms of Passion, Paradigms of Idiosyncrasy: Art and the State in the Late Ming
Comparative Decadence between the Jiajing and Wanli Eras
Modernism Comes to China
Great Cities of China
Art in the Turbulent Years: Chinese Art from 1850-Present
The Formation of Chinese Culture: Collections of Chinese Art in Early Twentieth-Century America, 2009.
China and the (Trans/Inter)national Art Exhibition, 18XX-2008, 2008.
Great Cities of China, Freshman Seminar
Global Tea Culture and Science, First Year Seminar (team taught), Lead Instructor
Shaping Chinese Art History: Pang Yuanji and His Painting Collection, Cambria Press, 2020.
Dimensions of Originality: Essays on Seventeenth-Century Chinese Art Theory and Criticism, Chinese University Press, Hong Kong, 2013.
Guest Editor, Special Issue: “Decadence (or Not) in the Ming Dynasty,” Ming Studies 71 (May 2015)
Articles and chapters
“Art History without the Art: The Curious Case of Sino-Vietnamese Teapots before 1700,” in preparation.
“Pang Yuanji, Traditionalist/Modernist,” in Special Issue on Collecting, Collections, and Collectors in MING QING YANJIU, Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”, Dept. of Asian, African and Mediterranean Studies. Published by BRILL, vol. 24 no. 2 (2020), in print.
“Dong Qichang,” co-author (section on Dong’s theory) with Celia Carrington Riely, Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 2019. https://doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T023280
Bin.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford
University Press. Web. 2019.
“The Global Tea Initiative at UC Davis,” in Kunbing Xiao, Guest Editor, “China Connections: Chinese Tea and Asian Societies,” IIAS Newsletter (International Institute for Asian Studies), Center for Global Asian, ed., Leiden University, No. 80, Summer 2018, p. 23.
“A New Look at a New Look: Painting and Theory of Seventeenth-Century China,” in Stephen Little, ed., 17th-Century Chinese Paintings from the Tsao Family Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2016, pp. 130-167.
“Decadence (or Not) in the Ming Dynasty: Introduction,” for Special Issue, “Decadence (or Not) in the Ming Dynasty,” Ming Studies, 71, (May 2015), pp. 3-4.
“Decadence Disrupted: Arguing Against a Decadence Model in Late Ming Painting History,” for Special Issue, “Decadence (or Not) in the Ming Dynasty,” Ming Studies, 71 (May 2015), pp. 41-57.
“Of Icons and Elvises: ‘Tibetan Spirit’ in Tsherin Sherpa’s New Art,” feature essay in Tsherin Sherpa: Tibetan Spirit, Rossi & Rossi Gallery, London, October 2012, pp. 4-15.
“Tibetan Buddhist Art in a Globalized World of Illusion: The Contemporary Art of Ang Tsherin Sherpa,” “西藏藝術在跨國化清淨的世界: 安才仁的當代畫,”in Elizabeth Childs-Johnson and Ying-Ying Lai, Guest Eds., Special Issue: “Art and Politics in Today’s China and Taiwan,” Modern Chinese Studies,［當代中國研究］, vol. 18, no. 2, 2011, pp. 1-28.
“Mixing Water and Oil: Understanding Shimo in the Contemporary Global Art Market,” in Bin Feng and Shen Kuiyi, eds., Selected Essays from the International Symposium in Conjunction with Reboot, the Third Chengdu Biennale: the Third Chengdu Biennale, 重新启动: 第三届成都双年展 国际学术研讨会论文集 暨第一，二届成都双年展论文选 (Chong xin qi dong : di san jie Chengdu shuang nian zhan guo ji xue shu yan tao hui lun wen ji ji di yi er jie Chengdu shuang nian zhan lun wen xuan), Shijiazhuang Shi: Hebei mei shu chu ban she, 2007, pp. 74-79.
“Mixing Water and Oil: Understanding Shimo in the Contemporary Global Art Market,” Kuiyi Shen and Feng Bin, eds., Reboot: The Third Chengdu Biennial, Proceedings from the International Symposium, Chengdu, China, 2007, pp. 74-79.
“Mixing Water and Oil: Understanding Shimo in the Contemporary Global Art Market,” (Chinese version and English reprint) in Shimo, The Colors from My Heart: The Art of Shimo, 石墨，赋随彩心：石墨作品集， Shanghai People’s Fine Arts Publishing House, 2011, pp. 24-34.
“Mixing Water and Oil: Understanding Shimo in the Contemporary Global Art Market” (Chinese version and English reprint) in Shimo, Heaven: The Collection of Shi Mo’s Contemporary Painting. Shenzhen, China: Author Gallery, 2008, pp. 5-11.
“Lin Fengmian’s Legacy during the Cultural Revolution: The Case of Two Rebellious Watercolors,” Proceedings from the International Lin Fengmian 110th Anniversary Symposium, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, 2010, pp. 115-127.
“A Proclamation of Originality: Wu Bin’s On the Way to Shanyin Handscroll,” Oriental Art, Vol. 51, No 1 (Spring, 2010), pp. 2-11.
“An Originalist’s Manifesto: Wu Bin’s inscription on On the Way to Shanyin,” Oriental Art, Vol. 51, No 2 (Summer, 2010), pp. 2-7.
“Inventing a New ‘Old Tradition’: Chinese Art at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition,” 《美術史與觀念史》 (Meishu shi yu guannian shi)/History of Art and History of Ideas, Nanjing: Nanjing Shifan University, April 2010, vol. ix, pp. 17-57.
“Late Qing-Early Republican Period Taste and the Case of Pang Yuanji,” The Elegant Gathering: The Yeh Family Collection symposium website, http://webcast.berkeley.edu/events/details.php?webcastid=15762, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, and University of California, Berkeley, 2006.
“Through Masters’ Eyes: Copying and Originality in Contemporary Chinese Landscape Painting,” Shanshui in Twentieth Century China, Shanghai: Shanghai Calligraphy and Painting Publishing House, 2006, pp. 317-334.
“Travel and Transformation: Wu Bin’s Enjoying Scenery along the Min River,” Oriental Art, vol. L, no. 4, (Winter 2006), pp. 2-15.
“晚明中國畫論中的獨創性話語,”(Wanming Zhongguo hualunzhongde duchuangxing huayu; a synthesis of “A Discourse of Originality in Late Ming Chinese Painting Criticism”), 《清華美術》 (Tsinghua Arts), Beijing: Tsinghua University Press, juan 2, 2006, pp. 62-68.
“Words on Word-Images: An Aspect of Dong Qichang’s Calligraphy Criticism,” Word & Image, vol. 19, no. 4, (October-December, 2003), 327-335.
“Taking Arts of Asia Online,” Education About Asia, vol. 8, no. 3 (Winter 2003), 26-29.
“Taking Arts of Asia Online,” republished in book format in: Ainslee Embree, Brian Platt, Helen Finken, and Robert L. Moore.
“To Live”: An Interview with the Author Yu Hua, Book Review and Film Review,” Education about Asia, vol. 8, no. 3, 2003.
“A Discourse of Originality in Late Ming Chinese Painting Criticism,” Art History, vol. 23. no. 4 (November 2000), 522-558.
Individual Status and the Family. Signs and Seats of Power in African Art, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Museum of Art, 1986, pp. 17-20.
Symbols of Significance: Motifs in Chinese Art. Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1989, exhibition brochure, 7 pp.
Chinese Ceramics in the Domino’s Collection. Ann Arbor: Fencepost, (December 1989), pp. 12-13.
Supervising curator, Old Traditions, New Trends: Tea and Wine in Japanese Art and Design, UC Davis Conference Center, January 16-17, 2020, UC Davis Conference Center, January 16-17, 2020.
Tea-related Japanese Ceramics in the Global Tea Initiative, donated by and loaned from the Gerhard Simmel Family and An Anonymous Donor, UC Davis Conference Center, February 22-23, 2018.
Faculty adviser to undergraduate student curators Roxanne Faure and Ashley Cook, and Librarian Axel Borg, consultant, for The Art of Tea, featuring texts from Special Collections, Shields Library, and calligraphy by Wingchi Ip. UC Davis Shields Library, November 21, 2013-March 2014.
The Art of Wingchi Ip, Tea Master, Nelson Gallery, University of California, Davis, November 21-December 15, 2013.
Calligraphy of Lampo Leong, Nelson Gallery, University of California, Davis. October 8-December 12, 2010.
Visualizing Revolution: Propaganda Posters from the People’s Republic of China, 1949-1989, Nelson Gallery, University of California, Davis, April 3-May 18, 2008, co-curated with Yang Peiming, Owner/Director, Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre, China.
David Clarke, China – Art – Modernity: A Critical Introduction to Chinese Visual Expression from the Beginning of the Twentieth Century to the Present Day, University of Hawaii Press, 2020, in China Review International: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Greater China, 25.2, pp. 113–115.
Michael Sullivan, The Night Entertainments of Han Xizai: A Scroll by Gu Hongzhong, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008, in China Review International: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Greater China, vol. 10, no. 1, Spring 2010, pp. 245-247.
Stephen Little, ed., Taoism and the Arts of China (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000), in CAA.Reviews, http://www.caareviews.org/<http://www.caareviews.org/reviews/little2.html>, July, 2002, 3 pp.
Michael Sullivan, Art and Artists of Twentieth-Century China (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996), in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, vol. 11, no. 2, Fall 1999, pp. 186-192.
The Jade Studio: Masterpieces of Ming and Qing Painting and Calligraphy from the Wong Nan-p’ing Collection (New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 1994), in Newsletter, East Asian Art and Archaeology, University of Michigan, September 1995, pp. 28-31.
Montien Boonma: Temple of the Mind, exhibition organized by the Asia Society, New York. Review of installation at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, February 25-May 23, 2004, for CAA.Reviews, http://www.caareviews.org/, November 4, 2004.
Quoted (p. 149) in Yin Hwong 黃韻, “Ying lun bo fang Ellen Johnston Laing: teli duxing de yishu shi nu xianzhi 英倫專訪Ellen Johnston Laing: 特立獨行的藝術女先知 (Interview on Ellen Johnston Laing: Maverick Woman Art History Prophet,” Dian cang 典藏 (Art & Collection), October 2010, No. 217, pp. 144-153.
Live interview with Dr. Naomi Janowitz, KDVS, February 4, 2020.
“Zhang Daqian and the hot auction market for Chinese art,” Live
interview on THE POINT, CGTN/China Global TV Network
(formerly CCTV-NEWS), June 13, 2017.
Complete session: https://www.youtube.com/edit?video_id=Rs6sywa8FjA
Burnett interview segment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5AehvxY65A
Print media with live interviews
Interview with Emily Kelly, for course in Media Studies, undergrad, Syracuse University, March 19, 2020.
Live interview with Dr. Andy Jones, Dr. Andy’s Poetry and
Technology Hour, KDVS,
January 15, 2020.
Interview with Daryl Armstrong, Flamingo Group, August 1, 2019, marketing interview.
Interview with Shawn R. Jackson, UC Davis Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, June 26, 2019.
Interview with Kora Lovdahl, East Lyn High School, April 8, 2019
Interview with Gail Gastelu, Owner/Publisher, The Tea House Times, January 24, 2019.
Interviews with Dan Bolton and coverage in World Tea News, Tea Biz, STiR and Tea Journey, January 24, 2019.
Live interview with Dr. Andy Jones, Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour, KDVS, https://archives.kdvs.org/archives/2019-01-23_5318_320kbps.mp3, January 23, 2019.
Michelle Wong, “Calling All Tea Lovers: An interest in teapots grew into the Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science,” The Aggie, February 22, 2019, https://theaggie.org/2019/02/22/calling-all-tea-lovers/
“Research and the Global Tea Initiative at UC Davis,” Live interview, Vietnam TV, Dec. 12, 2016.
Articles on or Relating to GTI (Recent)
As author: “The Global Tea Initiative at UC Davis,” in Kunbing Xiao, Guest Editor, “China Connections: Chinese Tea and Asian Societies,” IIAS Newsletter (International Institute for Asian Studies), Center for Global Asian, ed., Leiden University, No. 80, Summer 2018, p. 23.
UC Davis News, “UC Davis will host ‘Future of Tea’
https://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/uc-davis-will-host-future-of-tea-symposium/, February 2018.
Narsai David, “Much To Learn At Xiamen, China’s International Tea Forum,” https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/10/31/much-to-learn-at-xiamen-chinas-international-tea-forum/
2019 Nomination: Best Tea Educator – Individual, World Tea Expo, Las Vegas
2018 Best Tea Health Advocate, World Tea Expo, Las Vegas
2017 38th Annual George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award from Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), for 17th-Century Chinese Paintings from the Tsao Family Collection, edited by Stephen Little (2016). Katharine Burnett, contributing author.
2013 Nomination: International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) Book Prize for Dimensions of Originality
Japanese, Korean, and Chinese Responses to Japanese Expansionism in the Early 20th Century, East Asian Studies Program Colloquium, UC Davis, April 29, 2016