Professor
858-534-6104
kshen@ucsd.edu
Office/Studio
Visual Arts Facility 365

Biography

Kuiyi Shen is Director of Chinese Studies Program and Professor of Asian Art History, Theory, and Criticism, whose teaching and writing has focus on Chinese and Japanese art with an emphasis on modern and contemporary Chinese art and Sino-Japanese art exchanges in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He received a BA in fine arts from the Shanghai Normal University and an MA and PhD in art history from the Ohio State University. Prior to his 1989 relocation to the United States, Kuiyi Shen served as the director of the art book department at the Shanghai People’s Fine Arts Publishing House. Shen taught at Ohio University, State University of New York at Buffalo, Rice University, and University of Oregon before joining the UCSD faculty. He is a recipient of fellowships and awards from the International Convention of Asia Scholars, the National Endowment for the Arts, Social Science Research Council, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Stanford University, and Leiden University. Shen is the author, co-author, and co-editor of many books and exhibition catalogues on modern and contemporary Chinese art, including A Century in Crisis: Tradition and Modernity in the Art of Twentieth Century China (Guggenheim Museum, 1998); Between the Thunder and the Rain: Chinese Paintings from the Opium War to the Cultural Revolution (San Francesco Asian Art Museum, 2000); Word and Meaning: Six Contemporary Chinese Artists (SUNY Buffalo, 2000); Zhou Brothers: Thirty Years of Collaboration (Curzon, 2004); Chinese Painting on the Eve of the Communist Revolution: Chang Shu-chi and his Collection (Carton Center, Stanford, 2006); The Elegant Gathering: The Yeh Family Collection (San Francesco Asian Art Museum, 2006); Reboot: The Third Chengdu Biennale (Chengdu Modern Art Museum, 2007); Chinese Posters (Prestel, 2009); Blooming in the Shadows (China Institute in New York, 2011); Why Not Ink? (Today Museum, 2012); The Arts of Modern China (UC Press, 2012), which won the 2103 ICAS Book Prize in Humanities and was Choice's "Outstanding Academic Titles" Top 25 in 2013; Light Before Dawn (Asia Society Hong Kong, 2013); Illusion/Image--Contemporary Chinese Ink Series I (HIVE Contemporary Art Center, 2013); and Liangyou--Kaleidoscopic Modernity and the Shanghai Global Metropolis, 1926-1949 (Brill, 2013). Shen's articles have been published in The Role of Japan in Modern Chinese Art (UC Press, 2012); On the Shoulders of Classical Masters (Macao Museum of Art, 2012); Cai Guo-Qiang: The Sky Ladder (LAMOCA & Prestel, 2102); Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution (Yale Press & Cleveland Museum of Art, 2011); ARTiculations--Undefining Chinese Contemporary Art. (Princeton University Press, 2010); Tracing the Past, Drawing the Future—Master Ink Painters in Twentieth-Century China (Cantor Center For Visual Arts, Stanford University, 2010); Writing Modern Chinese Art—Historiographic Explorations (Seattle Art Museum/University of Washington Press, 2009); Mahjong—Art, Film, and Change in China (Berkeley Art Museum, 2008); Art and China's Revolution (Asia Society/Yale University Publishers, 2008); At the Crossroads of Empires: Middlemen, Social Networks and State-building in Republican Shanghai (Stanford University Press, 2008); Turmoil, Representation and Trends: Modern Chinese Painting, 1796 – 1949 (Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, 2008), Visual Culture in Shanghai, 1850-1930 (New Academia Publishing, 2007); History of Art and History of Ideas (Nanjing Normal University Press, 2007); Cubsime: l'autre rive-Resonances en Asie (Paris: Foundation de Japan, 2007); Schudy (Jiangsu Education Publishing House, 2006); Shanshui in Twentieth Century Chinese Art (Shanghai Calligraphy and Painting Publishing House, 2006); Cubism in Asia: Unbounded Dialogues (Tokyo: The Japan Foundation, 2006); Shanghai Modern (Museum Villa Stuck, 2004); Popular China (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002); Illustrating Asia: Comic and Picture Books, Humor and Fan Magazines (University of Hawaii Press, 2001); Studies on Shanghai School Painting (Shanghai 2001); A Prospect to the Twenty-First Century Visual Arts (Taipei, 1999); Chinese Painting and the Twentieth Century: Creativity in the Aftermath of Tradition (Hangzhou 1997); as well as journals including Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Twentieth-Century China, Inks: Cartoon and Comic Art Studies, Art China (China), Art (China), The Study of Chinese Painting (China), Rongbaozhai (China), Duoyun (China), Yishu-Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (Canada), Tsing Hua Journal of Chinese Studies (Taiwan), Journal of Art Studies (Taiwan), Artists (Taiwan), Studies on Chinese History (Korea), Modern Art Studies (Korea). Shen has also worked as a curator and curatorial consultant for projects including Literature in Line (Ohio State University, 1997), A Century in Crisis, the modern portion of China, 5000 Years (Guggenheim Museum SoHo and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, 1998), Word and Meaning (SUNY Buffalo and Ohio University, 2000-2001), Chongqing Chilis (Ohio University, Wellesley College, Ohio State University, and Miami University, 2003-2004), and Landscapes (Shanghai Gallery of Art, 2004), Chinese Painting on the Eve of the Communist Revolution(Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, 2006), Reboot—The Third Chengdu Biennale (Chengdu Modern Art Museum, 2007), Memories of the Past—Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting (Transylvania University, 2010), Blooming in the Shadows (China Institute in New York, 2011), Why Not Ink? (Today Art Museum, 2012), Light Before Dawn (Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 2013), and Illusion/Image--Contemporary Chinese Ink Series I (HIVE Contemporary Art Center, 2013). Shen is also the managing editor of Modern Asian Art and Visual Culture (MAAV), a new Brill book series. Shen teaches a broad range of courses and topics from surveys on the arts of China, twentieth-century Chinese art, the arts of Japan, Asian art, to thematic lectures and seminars on Chinese landscape painting of Song and Yuan, Chinese literati and court painting, tradition and modernity in twentieth-century China, contemporary Chinese art and mass culture, Japanese Buddhist art and architecture, Japanese painting and Ukiyo-e prints, and the arts of modern Japan.

Artwork Images

Julia F. Andrews and Kuiyi Shen, A Century in Crisis: Modernity and Tradition in the Art of Twentieth Century China (New York: Guggenheim Museum, 1998)
Julia F. Andrews and Kuiyi Shen, A Century in Crisis: Modernity and Tradition in the Art of Twentieth Century China (New York: Guggenheim Museum, 1998)
Julia F. Andrews and Kuiyi Shen, The Art of Modern China (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012)
Julia F. Andrews and Kuiyi Shen, The Art of Modern China (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012)
Kuiyi Shen and Julia F. Andrews, Light before Dawn: Unofficial Chinese Art, 1974-1985 (Hong Kong: Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 2013)
Kuiyi Shen and Julia F. Andrews, Light before Dawn: Unofficial Chinese Art, 1974-1985 (Hong Kong: Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 2013)
Kuiyi Shen and Julia F. Andrews, Blooming in the Shadows: Unofficial Chinese Art, 1974-1985 (New York: China Institute, 2011)
Kuiyi Shen and Julia F. Andrews, Blooming in the Shadows: Unofficial Chinese Art, 1974-1985 (New York: China Institute, 2011)
Stefan Landsberger, Marien Can Der Heijden, and Kuiyi Shen, Chinese Posters (Munich, London, New York: Prestel Publishing, 2009)
Stefan Landsberger, Marien Can Der Heijden, and Kuiyi Shen, Chinese Posters (Munich, London, New York: Prestel Publishing, 2009)
Paul Pickowicz, Kuiyi Shen , and Yingjin Zhang, eds., Liangyou--Kaleidoscopic Modernity and the Shanghai Global Metropolis, 1926-1945 (Leidon and Boston, Brill, 2013)
Paul Pickowicz, Kuiyi Shen , and Yingjin Zhang, eds., Liangyou--Kaleidoscopic Modernity and the Shanghai Global Metropolis, 1926-1945 (Leidon and Boston, Brill, 2013)