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  Stanley AbeAssociate Professor of Art and Art History and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies and Director of Graduate Studies

Office Location:  114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Smith Warehouse Bay 9, Room A289, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-2487
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Friday 2:00–3:00 and by appointment

  • Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley 1989
  • M.A. University of California at Berkeley 1984
  • B.A. University of California at Berkeley 1981


Chinese Art
Film Studies
Theory & Criticism
Research Interests: Chinese Art, Archaeology, Chinese Film, Critical Theory

Stanley Abe received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. His field of research is Chinese Buddhist art. He is now developing a critical study of the construction of a history of Buddhist art in China, Japan, Europe, and the United States during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This study pays special attention to the collecting, sale, and movement of objects, museum practices, aesthetic theory, and forms of knowledge organized by the disciplines of art history, ethnography, and religious studies in the context of colonialism and an international art market.

Representative Publications   (More Publications)
  1. Abe, S. Ordinary Images.  University of Chicago Press, 2002.
  2. Abe, S. A Freer Stela Reconsidered.  Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Occasional Paper, 2002.
  3. "The Modern Moment of Chinese Sculpture." Misul Charyo 美術資料 (Fine Art Materials) 82 (December, December, 2012): 63-82.
  4. Abe, S. "Rockefeller Home Decorating and Objects from China." Collecting China: The World, China, and a Short History of Collecting  (2011): 107–23-107–23.
  5. Abe, S. "Locating World Art." The Migrant’s Time: Rethinking Art History and Diaspora  (2011): 130-45.
  6. "China, The Buddha, and Modern Aestheticism." Re-Imagining Asia: A Thousand Years of Separation  (2008): 124-133.
  7. Abe, S. "To Avoid the Inscrutable: Abstract Expressionism and the "Oriental Mode"." Discrepant Abstraction  (2006): 52-73.