History of Art and Architecture

Gao Minglu

Professor Emeritus


Gao Minglu has been an active critic, curator, and scholar of contemporary Chinese art since the mid 1980s. His exhibitions on the subject are among the most important ever assembled in the U.S. and China. His many publications explore the changing relationship between global art movements and Chinese tradition.

Education Details

PhD, Harvard University

Selected Publications

The Wall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art (New York and Beijing: The Albright Knox Art Gallery and China Millennium Museum of Art, 2005)

Chinese Maximalism (Chongqing Publishing House associated with the University at Buffalo Galleries and the China Millennium Monument Museum, 2003)

Inside Out: New Chinese Art ed. (University of California Press, 1998)

Fragmented Memory: The Chinese Avant-Garde in Exile co-ed with Julie Andrews. (The Wexner Center for the Arts, 1993)

The Art and Methodology of Xu Bing (Taipei: The Elite Corporation, 2003). In Chinese and English

"Seeking a Model of Universalism: The United Nations Series and other Works," in Wenda Gu: Art from Middle Kingdom to Biological millennium (Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 2003) pp. 20-29

"Conceptual Art with Anti-conceptual Attitude" in Global Conceptualism: the Point of Origin 1950s-1980s (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999) pp. 127-139

"Extensionality and Intentionality in a Transnational Cultural System" in Art Journal Winter 1998, pp. 36-39

Curated Exhibtions

"The Wall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art" organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the China Millennium Monument Museum in Beijing (CMMM) and the University at Buffalo Art Galleries, 2005.

"Ink Space," the first section of the 2004 Shenzhen International Ink Biennial Exhibition, 2004.

"Chinese Minimalism," co-organized by University at Buffalo Gallery and the China Millennium Monument Museum, Beijing, 2003.

"Harvest: Contemporary Art" (fengshou dangdai yishu zhan), The National Agricultural Museum, 2002.

Conceptual Art: Point of Origin 1950s-1980s sponsored by Queens Museum, 1999.

Insideout: New Chinese Art organized by the Asia Society and San Francisco MOMA, 1998.

Fragmented Memory: The Chinese Avant-Garde, Wexner Center for the Arts, the Ohio State University, 1993.

China/Avant-Garde Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Beijing, 1989.