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.
University of California, Berkeley,
Awards, Honors and Distinctions
Franklin Grant, American Philosophical Society,
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship,
Rockefeller Archive Center Director’s Discretionary Research Grant,
Visiting Fellow, Kings College,
Necessary Fictions: Imagining Sculpture in China
November 14, 2013
University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
Moving Buddha: Imagining Sculpture in China
November 8, 2013
Courtauld Institute of Art, London
Imagining Chinese Sculpture
June 05, 2013
Department of Art Research, Archives and Information Systems, National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo, Japan
Moving Buddha: Chinese Sculpture and Global Modernity
May 14, 2013
Department of Fine Arts, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan
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
The Modern Moments of Chinese Sculpture
January 31, 2012
Silberger Lecture, Institute of Fine Arts, New York
The Modern Moment of Chinese Sculpture
National Museum of Korea, Seoul
International Symposium on Exhibiting Asian Art: Issues and Perspectives
Order and Things: The Transformation of Chinese Objects into Sculpture
March 16, 2011
Cleveland Museum of Art
Inaugural Lecture, Friends of Art Lecture Series in Asian Art
Duplicates in Chinese Stone Sculpture
November 9, 2010
New Research on Buddhist Sculpture, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Order and Things: Art History and Chinese Sculpture
September 21, 2010
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Keynote lecture for the Training Workshop in Chinese Art and Archaeology
Circa 1909: Moving Japanese and Chinese Sculpture to the United States
October 30, 2009
"Circa 1909" Symposium, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Köln
Moderator and Discussant for “Buddhist Art: Objects and Contexts”
November 10, 2011
Pulitzer Foundation of the Arts, St. Louis
Graduate Student and Professor Workshop
University of Chicago Press,
A Freer Stela Reconsidered.
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Occasional Paper,
"The Modern Moment of Chinese Sculpture."
Misul Charyo 美術資料 (Fine Art Materials)
Published by the National Museum of Korea, Seoul.
"Rockefeller Home Decorating and Objects from China."
Collecting China: The World, China, and a Short History of Collecting.
Ed. Vimalin Rujivacharakul.
University of Delaware Press,
"Locating World Art."
The Migrant’s Time: Rethinking Art History and Diaspora.
Ed. Saloni Mathur.
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute,
"China, The Buddha, and Modern Aestheticism."
Re-Imagining Asia: A Thousand Years of Separation.
Ed. Shaheen Merali.
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin,
"To Avoid the Inscrutable: Abstract Expressionism and the "Oriental Mode"."