History of Art and Architecture

Yijing Wang

Biography

Yijing Wang is a 2015-2018 Chancellor Doctoral Fellow in the Henry Clay Frick Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh. He studies modern and contemporary Chinese art and theory, with a specialization in the language-based art produced from the mid-1980s to the present. His research centers on the intersections between textual and visual meanings, and the production, circulation, and appropriation of textual images across national boundaries through time, space, and place within an integrated historical narrative of multiple temporalities, identity building, and global conceptualism.

Yijing Wang’s research in twentieth-century Chinese art has been supported by the Marilyn A. Papp Graduate Scholarship for Study in Chinese Art and Culture, the Dietrich Summer Research Fellowship for Graduate Studies, the Dean’s Summer Research Fund, and the Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship in Chinese Studies from the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Collaborating with fellow graduate students Madeline Eschenburg, Ellen Larson, Marina Tyquiengco, Zhen Wang, and Sandi Ward, he recently co-curated an exhibition, entitled “Chinese Apartment Art: Primary Documents from the Gao Minglu Archive, 1970s-90s” at the University Art Gallery. He will give a paper at the 2018 annual meeting of the College Art Association in Los Angeles: Visualizing the Third World in Propaganda Posters of 1970’s China within the section Art and the Cold War in East Asia: The Long 1970s, co-chaired by Midori Yamamura and Jeehey Kim.

Yijing has a background working in museums, auction houses, and galleries. He has served as curatorial research assistant for exhibitions in National Gallery of Art in Beijing and Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona. He was a junior specialist in Chinese works of art at China’s preeminent auction house, China Guardian, and before that he worked in New York at Kaikodo Gallery.

Education Details

PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, in progress

Selected Awards

Fellow, Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship in Chinese Studies, Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh, 2015-2018.

Dean’s Summer Research Fund, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, May-August 2017. 

The Marilyn A. Papp Graduate Scholarship for Study in Chinese Art and Culture, Marilyn A. Papp Scholarship Trust, 2015-2017.         

Fellow, Dietrich Summer Research Fellowship for Graduate Studies, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, May-August 2016.       

Rotary Club of Shanghai Past President Percy Chu Scholarship, 2010.

Selected Conferences

“Visualizing the Third World in Propaganda Posters of 1970’s China” within the section Art and the Cold War in East Asia: The Long 1970s, the annual meeting of the College Art Association, Los Angeles, February 2018.

“Didactic Mirrors: Mirror-headed Imagery in Japanese Woodblock Prints,” Western Conference Association for Asian Studies, Tempe, Arizona, 2014.

“Unrolling the Scrolls: Chinese Painting in Context,” The Marilyn and Roy Papp Foundation, Phoenix Art Museum, and Asian Arts Council Chinese Painting Program, Phoenix, Arizona, 2013.