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Stanley Abe, Associate Professor of Art and Art History and MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts and Director of Graduate Studies

Stanley Abe

Stanley Abe has published on Chinese Buddhist art, contemporary Chinese art, Asian American art, Abstract Expressionism, and the collecting of Chinese sculpture. He is now writing a narrative account of how Chinese sculpture came into existence as a category of Fine Art during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Smith Warehouse Bay 9, Room A289, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-2487
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Spring 2017):

  • ARTHIST 790.01, TOPICS IN ART HISTORY Synopsis
    Smith Wrhs A290, W 10:05 AM-12:35 PM
Teaching (Fall 2017):

  • ARTHIST 378.01, CHINESE BUDDHIST ART Synopsis
    Smith Wrhs A266, MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
  • MFAEDA 791.01, THESIS WRITING Synopsis
    TBA, W 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
Office Hours:

Friday 2:00–3:00 and by appointment
Education:

Ph.D.University of California at Berkeley1989
M.A.University of California at Berkeley1984
B.A.University of California at Berkeley1981
Specialties:

Chinese Art
Film Studies
Theory & Criticism
Research Interests:

Stanley Abe has published on Chinese Buddhist art, contemporary Chinese art, Asian American art, Abstract Expressionism, and the construction of art historical knowledge. He is writing a critical study of how Chinese sculpture became a category of Fine Art during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Keywords:

Collectors and collecting

Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Jung Min Ha  
  • YOUNG JI LEE  
  • Sunkyung Kim  
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Abe, S, Ordinary Images (2002), University of Chicago Press
  2. Abe, S, A Freer Stela Reconsidered (2002), Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Occasional Paper
  3. The Modern Moment of Chinese Sculpture, Misul Charyo 美術資料 (Fine Art Materials), vol. 82 (December, 2012), pp. 63-82  [author's comments]
  4. Abe, S, Rockefeller Home Decorating and Objects from China, in Collecting China: The World, China, and a Short History of Collecting, edited by Rujivacharakul, V (2011), pp. 107–23-107–23, University of Delaware Press
  5. Abe, S, Locating World Art, in The Migrant’s Time: Rethinking Art History and Diaspora, edited by Mathur, S (2011), pp. 130-45, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
  6. China, The Buddha, and Modern Aestheticism, in Re-Imagining Asia: A Thousand Years of Separation, edited by Merali, S (2008), pp. 124-133, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
  7. Abe, S, To Avoid the Inscrutable: Abstract Expressionism and the "Oriental Mode", in Discrepant Abstraction, edited by Mercer, K (2006), pp. 52-73, MIT Press
Selected Invited Lectures

  1. Necessary Fictions: Imagining Sculpture in China, November 14, 2013, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities    
  2. Moving Buddha: Imagining Sculpture in China, November 8, 2013, Courtauld Institute of Art, London    
  3. Imagining Chinese Sculpture, June 05, 2013, Department of Art Research, Archives and Information Systems, National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo, Japan    
  4. Moving Buddha: Chinese Sculpture and Global Modernity, May 14, 2013, Department of Fine Arts, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan    
  5. Sculpture in the Golden Age of East Asian Art Collecting, March 16, 2012, “The Dragon and the Chrysanthemum: Collecting Chinese and Japanese Art in America” Symposium, The Frick Collection and Art Reference Library, New York    
  6. The Modern Moments of Chinese Sculpture, January 31, 2012, New York    
  7. The Modern Moment of Chinese Sculpture, November 6, 2011, National Museum of Korea, Seoul    
  8. Order and Things: The Transformation of Chinese Objects into Sculpture, March 16, 2011, Cleveland Museum of Art    
  9. Duplicates in Chinese Stone Sculpture, November 9, 2010, Victoria and Albert Museum, London    
  10. Order and Things: Art History and Chinese Sculpture, September 21, 2010, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London     [Announcement]
  11. Circa 1909: Moving Japanese and Chinese Sculpture to the United States, October 30, 2009, Circa 1909 Symposium, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Köln    
Selected Other

  1. Moderator and Discussant for “Buddhist Art: Objects and Contexts”, November 10, 2011, Pulitzer Foundation of the Arts, St. Louis    


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