Stanley Abe
  • Stanley Abe

  • Associate Professor
  • Art, Art History & Visual Studies
  • 118 East Duke Building
  • Campus Box 90764
  • Phone: (919) 684-2487
  • Fax: (919) 684-4398
  • Specialties

    • Chinese Art
    • Theory & Criticism
  • Research Description

    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.
  • Education

      • PhD,
      • University of California, Berkeley,
      • 1989
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Franklin Grant, American Philosophical Society,
      • 2007
      • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship,
      • 2007-2008
      • Rockefeller Archive Center Director’s Discretionary Research Grant,
      • 2006
      • Visiting Fellow, Kings College,
      • Cambridge University,
      • April 2004
      • Shimada Prize,
      • March 2004
    • Invited Lectures

      • 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
        • 2011-11-06
        • 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
        • International symposium
      • 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
    • Other

      • Moderator and Discussant for “Buddhist Art: Objects and Contexts”
        • November 10, 2011
        • Pulitzer Foundation of the Arts, St. Louis
        • Graduate Student and Professor Workshop
  • Selected Publications

      • Ordinary Images.
      • University of Chicago Press,
      • 2002.
      • A Freer Stela Reconsidered.
      • Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Occasional Paper,
      • 2002.
      • "The Modern Moment of Chinese Sculpture."
      • Misul Charyo 美術資料 (Fine Art Materials)
      • 82
      • (December, 2012)
      • :
      • 63-82.
      Publication Description

      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,
      • 2011.
      • 107–23.
      • "Locating World Art."
      • The Migrant’s Time: Rethinking Art History and Diaspora.
      • Ed. Saloni Mathur.
      • Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute,
      • 2011.
      • 130-45.
      • "China, The Buddha, and Modern Aestheticism."
      • Re-Imagining Asia: A Thousand Years of Separation.
      • Ed. Shaheen Merali.
      • Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin,
      • 2008.
      • 124-133.
      • "To Avoid the Inscrutable: Abstract Expressionism and the "Oriental Mode"."
      • Discrepant Abstraction.
      • Ed. Kobena Mercer.
      • MIT Press,
      • 2006.
      • 52-73.
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  • PhD Students

    • Jungmin Ha
    • Young Ji Lee
    • Sunkyung Kim
      • 1997-2005
      • Status: PostPrelim
      • Thesis: Decline of the Law, Death of the Monk: Buddhist Texts and Images in the Anyang Caves of Late Sixth-Century China
  • Teaching

    • ARTHIST 89S.01
      • FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR (TOP)
      • East Duke 204A
      • Tu 08:30 AM-10:30 AM
    • ARTHIST 378.01
      • CHINESE BUDDHIST ART
      • East Duke 204A
      • MW 08:30 AM-09:45 AM
    • MFAEDA 792.01
      • THESIS PROJECT
      • SEE INSTRU
      • F 03:05 PM-05:35 PM