Biography

Prior to joining the UCSD's PhD program in art history, Yiqing Li studied art history, theory and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) with an emphasis on Western modern and contemporary art history. Over the course of her studies at SAIC, she interned at the Christie's and the Asian Department of Art Institute of Chicago. Piror to that, she worked as art project assistant at Médiacité in Lyon, France.

Her research interests include modern abstract paintings of Western Europe and of East Asia, the difference in art historiography between China and the West. In the PhD studies, she narrows her research to contemporary Chinese abstract painting and seeks to explore the extent to which Chinese painting is influenced by Western abstract painting, as well as how Chinese painting at the same time adopts a distinct aesthetic that coheres with what might be construed its traditional, “indigenous” culture. Her articles have published in art magazines, such as Fine Art Literature,Art Market, sculpture(Beijing).

Her current projects include translating art historian James Elkins' book entitled Chinese Landscape Painting as Western Art History, writing an introduction to this book, as well as completing a series of interviews with Chinese and American art historians and artists whose work pertain to contemporary abstract art.