Stanley Abe

Stanley Abe

Associate Professor of Art and Art History


  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley 1989

  • M.A., University of California at Berkeley 1984

  • B.A., University of California at Berkeley 1981


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.


Chinese art, theory & criticism

Abe, S. "Xu Bing de zhenshi de yishu 徐冰的真实的艺术 (The Genuine Art of Xu Bing)." Xu Bing – Yancao jihua 徐冰 – 烟草计划 (Xu Bing: Tobacco Project). Ed. WH 巫鸿. Beijing: Zhongguo Renmin daxue chubanshe, 2006. 106–114-106–114.

Abe, S. "Why Asia Now? Contemporary Asian Art and the Politics of Multiculturalism." Shades of Black: Assembling the 80s, A transatlantic dialogue on Afro-Asian arts in post-war Britain. Ed. DA Bailey, I Baucom, and S Boyce. Duke University Press, 2005. 109-114.

Abe, S. "Bei Liang shita yu Mogao ku zaoqi san ku de niandai wenti (Northern Liang stone pillars and the dating of the earliest Mogao caves." Dunhuang xue guoji yantaohui wenji , Shiku kaogu juan (Collected works of the 1994 International Conference on Dunhuang studies, Cave temple archaeology volume). Ed. DYDR academy. Lanzhou: Gansu minzu chubanshe, 2000. 159–65-159–65.

Abe, S. "Nanbokucho no dokyo to zokei (Daoist sculpture of the Northern-Southern Dynasties period)." Sekai bijutsu daizenshu, Toyo hen (New History of World Art: Asia). Tokyo: Shogakkan, 2000. 362–68-362–68.

Abe, S. "Shaanxi sheng de Beiwei diaoke: Laiyuan, zanzhu, yuanwang (Northern Wei Sculpture from Shaanxi Province: Provenance, Patronage, Desire)." Between Han and Tang: Religious Art and Archaeology in a Transformative Period. Ed. W Hung. Beijing: Cultural Relics Publishing House, 2000. 461–88-461–88.

Abe, S. "Reading the Sky." Cross-Cultural Readings of Chineseness. Ed. W-H Yeh. Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, 2000. 53–79-53–79.

Abe, S. "No Questions, No Answers: China and A Book from the Sky." Modern Chinese Literature and Cultural Studies in the Age of Theory: Reimagining a Field. Ed. R Chow. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2000. 227–50-227–50.

Abe, S. "Chugoku o miseru (Exhibiting China)." The Present, and the Discipline of Art History in Japan. Ed. TNRIOC Properties. Tokyo: Heibonsha, 1999. 192–206-192–206.

Abe, S. "Inside the Wonder House: Buddhist Art and the West." Curators of the Buddha. Ed. D Lopez. University of Chicago, 1995.


Spring 2018

Copies and Duplication (ARTHIST 724S.01)
Smith Wrhs A290, M 11:45 AM-02:15 PM

Fall 2017

Chinese Buddhist Art (ARTHIST 378.01)
Smith Wrhs A266, MW 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Spring 2017

Topics in Art History (ARTHIST 790.01)
Smith Wrhs A290, W 10:05 AM-12:35 PM

Fall 2016

Chinese Art 1900 to Present (ARTHIST 295.01)
East Duke 204A, WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Spring 2015

First-Year Seminar (Top) (ARTHIST 89S.01)
East Duke 204A, M 08:30 AM-10:30 AM
Chinese Buddhist Art (ARTHIST 378.01)
East Duke 108, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Fall 2014

First-Year Seminar (Top) (ARTHIST 89S.01)
East Duke 204A, Th 10:05 AM-12:05 PM

Spring 2014

First-Year Seminar (Top) (ARTHIST 89S.01)
East Duke 204A, Tu 08:30 AM-10:30 AM
Chinese Buddhist Art (ARTHIST 378.01)
East Duke 204A, MW 08:30 AM-09:45 AM