Kuiyi Shen, Ph.D.


Kuiyi Shen is a 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, he served as the director of the art book division 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 National Endowment for the Arts, Social Science Research Council, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Stanford University, University of California, and Leiden University.

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 ilbao, 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).

Shen teaches a broad range of courses and topics from surveys on the arts of China, twentieth-century Chinese art, the arts of Japan, East 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.

Office: Visual Arts Faculty Room 365

Books and Exhibition Catalogues

  • A Century in Crisis: Tradition and Modernity in the Art of Twentieth Century China (1998)
  • Between the Thunder and the Rain: Chinese Paintings from the Opium War to the Cultural Revolution (2000)
  • Word and Meaning: Six Contemporary Chinese Artists (2000)
  • Chongqing Chilis (2003)
  • Zhou Brothers-Thirty Years of Collaboration (2004)
  • Chinese Painting on the Eve of the Communist Revolution: Chang Shu-chi and his Collection (2006)
  • The Elegant Gathering: The Yeh Family Collection (2006)
  • Reboot: The Third Chengdu Biennale (2007)
  • Chinese Posters (2009)
  • Arts of Modern China (Forthcoming)
  • Social Networks in Republican Shanghai (Forthcoming)
  • Literature in Line (Forthcoming)
  • The Challenge of Modernity: Chinese Painting of the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries (Forthcoming)

Articles Featured In

  • 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: 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)
  • 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 & Paris: 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)

Journals Featured In

  • Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Twentieth-Century China, Inks: Cartoon and Comic Art Studies, Art China (China)
  • Art (China)
  • Rongbaozhai (China)
  • Duoyun (China)
  • Yishu-Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (Canada)
  • Tsing Hua Journal of Chinese Studies (Taiwan)
  • Artists (Taiwan)
  • Studies on Chinese History (Korea)
  • Modern Art Studies (Korea)