History of Art and Architecture

Yijing Wang

Biography

Yijing Wang is a 2019-2020 Chancellor Doctoral Fellow (previously 2015-2018) and PhD Candidate in Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art and Theory in the Frick Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh. Intersecting fields of the visual arts, literature, ethnolinguistics, and theories of globalization by making new connections between disparate contexts, Wang is currently at work on his dissertation, “Transvisualizing China: Politics, Transoceanic Nebulae, and Coevality of Language-based Art, 1985-Present”, which utilizes “China” as a methodology to examine the contemporary afterlives of inscription and its representational politics and ethical choices in the art of post-Mao China under conditions of new media technologies, interculturality, and global mobility. This is the first study to systematically chart the ways in which generations of Chinese artists deploy “language” represented in concrete visual, material, and aesthetic terms from indigenous traditions as specific scripts, writing styles, typographies, and their material carriers: talismans, scrolls, sutras, steles, and Daoist trigrams from the underground genesis of this art in China’s ’85 Art New Wave to its emergence in the global Conceptualism movement. 

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, the Dean’s Summer Research Grant, and the Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship in China Studies from the Asian Studies Center. Collaborating with fellow graduate students, 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 gave a paper at the 106th Annual Conference of the College Art Association: The Face of Politics: 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. In addition to his dissertation, Wang is currently working on translating Gao Minglu’s manuscript on Western representationalism into English for publication under contract with Princeton University Press. 

Wang has a background working in museums, auction houses, and galleries. He has served as a 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 China Studies, Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh, 2019-2020.

The Marilyn A. Papp Graduate Scholarship for Study in Chinese Art and Culture, Marilyn and Roy Papp Foundation, 2015-2019.         

Dietrich Summer Research Grant, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, May-August 2018/2019.       

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

Dean’s Academic Year Travel Fund, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, February 2018. 

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

“The Face of Politics: 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 Conference 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.

Selected Exhibitions

“Chinese Apartment Art: Primary Documents from the Gao Minglu Archive, 1970s-90s”, University of Pittsburgh University Art Gallery, November 2017. (Co-curated with Madeline Eschenburg, Ellen Larson, Marina Tyquiengco, Zhen Wang, and Sandi Ward)