Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, 212
DegreesColumbia University, Ph.D.
Columbia University, M.Phil.
Columbia University, M.A.
University of Western Ontario, B.A.
ExpertiseChinese and Asian Modern Art.
ProfileAida Yuen Wong is a scholar of Asian art history who has written extensively on transcultural modernism. Among her major publications are Parting the Mists: Discovering Japan and the Rise of National-Style Painting in Modern China (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2006) and the edited volume Visualizing Beauty: Gender and Ideology in Modern East Asia (Hong Kong University Press, 2012). She is the author of the chapter on Chinese modernism in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, 2nd ed. (2014). Her new book (Brill, 2016) explores the art theory and legacy of the late Qing-early Republican reformer, Kang Youwei, whose paradigmatic thinking about painting and calligraphy cast a long shadow on modern/contemporary Chinese art discourses. In addition, she has began research on Francois Cheng and Sino-French aesthetic theory, as well as the modern ink painting in Greater China (Mainland, Taiwan, and Hong Kong). Her areas of interest include painting, calligraphy, institutional history, and historiography. Her scholarship has been published in Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the United States. Webpage
|FA||34a||History of Asian Art|
|FA||70b||The Art of China|
|FA||71b||The Art of Japan|
|FA||170a||Arts of the Ming Dynasty|
|FA||172b||Ink Painting in Taiwan and Hong Kong: Chinese Renaissance in Exile|
|FA||197a||Studies in Asian Art|
Awards and Honors
Curator of the Tuvalu National Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017)
Brandeis University Provost's Research Fund (2016 - 2017)
Chair of the Department of Fine Arts (2016 - 2019)
Theodore and Jane Norman Fund for Faculty Research and Creative Projects (2016 - 2018)
Area Editor (China, from 1400), Grove Encyclopedia of Asian Art and Architecture (2015 - 2017)
Nathan Cummings and Robert B. and Beatrice C. Mayer Endowed Chair in Fine Arts (2015)
Taiwan Fellowship, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (2015 - 2016)
Theodore and Jane Norman Fund for Faculty Research and Creative Projects (2014 - 2015)
Associate Editor for East Asia, Modern Art Asia (2013 - 2015)
Field Editor for Chinese Books, CAA.REVIEWS (2013 - 2014)
American Council of Learned Societies (and NEH) American Research in the Humanities in China Fellowship (2012 - 2013)
Field Editor for Chinese and Korean Books, CAA.REVIEWS (2012)
Theodore and Jane Norman Fund for Faculty Research and Creative Projects (2009 - 2011)
Chair of the East Asian Studies Program (2008 - 2014)
American Council of Learned Societies (and NEH) American Research in the Humanities in China Fellowship (2002 - 2003)
University of Chicago Postdoctoral Fellowship (1999)
C.V. Starr Award in East Asian Art History (1995 - 1996)
Japan Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (1994 - 1995)
Burke-Griggs Summer Grant (1993)
Columbia University Weatherhead Fellowship in Art History (1993 - 1994)
Columbia University President’s Fellowship (92-94, 97-99) (1992 - 1999)
University of Western Ontario Gold Medal for First-Place Ranking in Visual Arts and French, Graduating Class '91 (1991)
Wong, Aida Yuen and Kyunghee Pyun, eds. Fashion, Identity, and Power in Modern Asia. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. (forthcoming)
Ruan Yuan 阮圓 (Wong, Aida Yuen). 撥開雲霧：日本與中國「國畫」的誕生 (Chinese Translation of Parting the Mists: Discovering Japan and the Rise of National-style Painting in Modern China). 台北 Taipei: Rock Publishing, 2017. (forthcoming)
阮圓 (Wong, Aida Yuen). "Shufajia Xiao Xian (1902-1997): Huozai nanren shijie de nüren 書法家蕭嫻 (1902-1997)：活在男人世界的女人 (Calligrapher Xiao Xian: A Woman in a Man’s World)." Kanjian xingbie: Jinxiandai Zhongguo yishushi xin shiye 看見性別：近現代中國藝術史新視野 (Seeing Gender from Late Imperial to Modern China). Ed. Ko, Dorothy, Lai Yu-chih, and Aida Yuen Wong. Taipei: Rock Publishing, 2017 (forthcoming)
高彥頤 (Ko, Dorothy), 賴毓芝 (Lai Yu-chih), and 阮圓 (Aida Yuen Wong/Ruan Yuan), eds. Kanjian xingbie: Jinxiandai Zhongguo yishushi xin shiye 看見性別：近現代中國藝術史新視野 (Seeing Gender from Late Imperial to Modern China). Taipei: Rock Publishing, 2017. (forthcoming)
Wong, Aida Yuen. "Rabindranath Tagore's Mysterious Faces and India's Encounter with Modernism." Behind the Masks of Modernism: Global and Transnational Perspectives. Ed. Andy Reynolds and Bonnie Roos. Gainesville: The University Press of Florida, 2016. 24-54.
Wong, Aida Yuen. "Review of Roberta Wue, Art Worlds: Artists, Images, and Audiences in late Nineteenth-Century Shanghai." The Art Bulletin June (2016): 263-65.
Wong, Aida Yuen. The Other Kang Youwei: Calligrapher, Art Activist, and Aesthetic Reformer in Modern China. Leiden, Boston, Tokyo: Brill, 2016.
Ruan Yuan (Wong, Aida Yuen). "Kang Youwei yu Shanghai meishu jiaoyu (Kang Youwei and Shanghai Art Education)." Proceedings of the Conference on the Centenary of the Founding of the Shanghai School of Fine Arts. Ed. Liu Haisu Museum. Shanghai: Liu Haisu Museum, 2015
Wong, Aida Yuen [Ruan Yuan]. "Aesthetic of Dilapidation: The Intersection of Gao Jianfu's Calligraphy and Painting." Proc. Revival of National-Style Painting and Chinese Painting in Guangdong. Guangzhou: Memorial Museum of the Lingnan School of Painting, 2015
Wong, Aida Yuen. "Kingfisher Blue in Ming Arts: Status Symbol, Material Invention, and Intercultural Connections." Colour Histories: Science, Art, and Technology in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Ed. Magdalena Bushart and Friedrich Steinle. Berlin: De Gruyter Verlag, 2015. 145-57; 382-91.
Wong, Aida Yuen. "Le Japon et l’école de Lingnan : une énigme de la Modernité." L’école de Lingnan: L’éveil de la Chine moderne. exh. cat. Paris: Musée Cernuschi, 2015. 86-91.
Wong, Aida Yuen. "Review of Rosina Buckland, Painting Nature for the Nation: Taki Katei and the Challenges to Sinophile Culture in Meiji Japan." Monumenta Nipponica 70. 2 (2015).
Wong, Aida Yuen. "The School of Liu Guosong: the Hong Kong-Taiwan Connection." Revolution Against Brush and Ink: The Return to the Primordial and the Emergence of New Possibilities. Ed. Lee Chun-yi. Taipei: National Taiwan Normal University, 2015. 21-40.
Wong, Aida Yuen. "Modernism: China." Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. 2 ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. 387-91.
Ruan Yuan [Wong, Aida Yuen]. "Mr. Ma Guoquan: Scholar-Calligrapher Par Excellence." Wanhua Tang fuzi shuhua hebi—Ma Guoquan Ma Dawei shuhua zhuanke yishuji (Father-and-son joint exhibition of painting and calligraphy from the Hall of the Evening Blossoms—Collection of Calligraphy, Painting, and Calligraphy by Ma Guoquan and Ma Dawei). exh. cat. Shenzhen: Haitian Chubanshe, 2013. 200-203.
Wong, Aida Yuen [Ruan Yuan]. "Art has a Human Face." Bonds of Memory: Wan Qingli’s Collection of Chinese Art Given by His Teachers and Friends. exh. cat. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Museum of Art, 2013. 16-37 (In English and Chinese).
Wong, Aida Yuen. "Reforming Calligraphy in Modern Japan: The Six Dynasties School and Nakamura Fusetsu’s Chinese ‘Stele’ Style." The Role of Japan in Modern Chinese Art. Ed. Joshua A.Fogel. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013. 131-153.
Wong, Aida Yuen, ed. Visualizing Beauty: Gender and Ideology in Modern East Asia. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2012.
Wong, Aida Yuen. "Art of Non-Resistance: Elitism, Fascist Aesthetics, and the Taiwanese Painter Lin Chih-chu." Art and War in Japan and its Empire: 1930-1960. Ed. Asato Ikeda, Ming Tiampo, and Louisa McDonald. Leiden: Brill, 2012. 305-323.
Wong, Aida Yuen. "Landscapes of Empowerment: Fu Baoshi's Reappropriation of the 'Chinese' Rainscape Tradition from Japan." Journal of the History of Modern Art (In English with Korean Translation). December, no. 32 (2012): 175-219.
Wong, Aida Yuen, co-authored with Tamaki Maeda. "Kindred Spirits: Fu Baoshi and the Japanese Art World." Chinese Art in the Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904-1965). Ed. Anita Chung, exh. cat. Cleveland Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2011. 35-41.
Wong, Aida Yuen. "Kishida Ryusei: Painter of the 'Oriental Grotesque' and the Mingei Movement." The 38th International Research Symposium: Questioning Oriental Aesthetics and Thinking: Conflicting Visions of "Asia" under the Colonial Empires. Ed. Inaga Shigemi. Kyoto: International Research Center for Japanese Studies, 2011. 185-96.
Ruan Yuan (Wong, Aida Yuen) and Pu Leeann trans.. "Jindai Riben shufa gexin: lun Liuchaopai ji Zhongcun Buzhe de Zhongguoshi beixuefeng” (Reforming Calligraphy in Modern Japan: The Six Dynasties School and Nakamura Fusetsu’s Chinese-influenced “Stele” Style)." Tsing-hua hsueh-pao (Tsing-hua Journal of Chinese Studies) September. (2010): 485-511 (in Chinese).
Wong, Aida Yuen, Iriye Akira and Pierre-Yves Saunier. "Zen Aesthetics." Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History. 2009.
Wong, Aida Yuen. "What is a `Masterpiece? Historiographical Anxieties and Classifications of Chinese Painting in the Modern Period." Writing Modern Chinese Art: Historiographical Explorations. Ed. Josh Yiu. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2009. 95-105.
Wong, Aida Yuen. "A Chinese Seal Carver in Japan: Qian Shoutie and the Literati World of Hashimoto Kansetsu." Turmoil, Representation and Trends: Modern Chinese Painting, 1796-1949. Taipei: Chang Foundation, 2008
Wong, Aida Yuen. "Kawachi Kunpei: Calligrapher, Teacher, Painter." Brush and Ink: Kawachi Kunpei, exh,. cat., University of Puget Sound. Tokyo: Hakuteisha, 2008. 7-12 (in English and Japanese).
Wong, Aida Yuen. Tang Dynasty Poem (calligraphy). 2008. Kawachi Kunpei avec Ses Élèves, Galerie Satellite, Paris Exhibition.
Wong, Aida Yuen. "Landscapes by Nandlal Bose (1882-1966): Japanism and Populism in Modern India." Shadows of the Past: Of Okakura Tenshin and Pan-Asianism. Ed. Brij Tankha. Calcutta: Sampark, 2007. 107-124.
Wong, Aida Yuen. "Naito Konan's History of Chinese Painting." Crossing the Yellow Sea: Sino-Japanese Cultural Contacts, 1600-1950. Ed. Joshua Fogel. Connecticut: EastBridge, 2007. 281-304.
Wong, Aida Yuen. Parting the Mists: Discovering Japan and the Rise of National-Style Painting in Modern China. University of Hawai'i Press, 2006.
Wong, Aida Yuen. "Okakura Kakuzo: Aesthetic of Pan-Asianism." Sources of Japanese Tradition. 2 ed. vol. II (1600-2000) Ed. Wm. Theodore de Bary, Carol Gluck, and Donald Keene. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005
Wong, Aida Yuen. "Three Films about Food by Fruit Chan: Allegories of Hong Kong-China Relations after 1997." Asian Cinema Winter/Fall. (2005): 229-241.
Wong, Aida Yuen. "Dunhuangology as Nationalist Apparatus: The Kyoto School of Oriental Studies and its Connection with Modern Chinese Historiography." Japanese Cultural Nationalism: At Home and in the Asia Pacific. Ed. Roy Starrs. Kent: Global Oriental, 2004. 252-67.
Wong, Aida Yuen. Timeline China 1800-1900; 1900-2000. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2004.
Wong, Aida Yuen. "Vestiges of Time/Elemental Spring: Zhang Jian-Jun and Barbara Edelstein in Guangdong." Yishu: Contemporary Art 2. 1 (Spring/March) (2003): 95-97.
Ruan Yuan (Wong, Aida Yuen). "Dongyang, minzuzhuyi he Dazheng minzhu: Neiteng Hunan de Zhongguo meishu shi (The East, Nationalism, and Taishō Democracy: Naitō Konan’s History of Chinese Painting)." Meishuguan May (2002): 92-100 (in Chinese).
Wong, Aida Yuen. "Review of Maxwell K. Hearn and Judith G. Smith, eds. Chinese Art: Modern Expressions." CAA.Reviews October (2002): <http://www.caareviews.org/reviews/hearn.html>.
Ruan Yuan (Wong, Aida Yuen). "Ershi shijichu wenrenhua de xinsheng: dongfang yishu yu xiandaixing kua wenhua de xushi (A New Life for Literati Painting in the Early Twentieth Century: Eastern Art and Modernity, a Transnational Narrative)." Sixiang (Thinking) 8 (2001): 92-120 (in Chinese).
Wong, Aida Yuen, Tom and Sara Pendergast, eds.. "Cai Guoqiang." Contemporary Artists. 5 ed. 2 vols. 2001.
Wong, Aida Yuen. "The Ellsworth Collection in the Metropolitan Museum: Premier American Collection of Modern Chinese Painting." Oriental Art 47. 3 (June) (2001): 79-82.
Wong, Aida-Yuen. "A New Life for Literati Painting in the Twentieth Century: Eastern Art and Modernity, A Transcultural Narrative?." Artibus Asiae 60. 2 (2000): 297-326.
Wong, Aida Yuen. "The East, Nationalism, and Taishō Democracy: Naitō Konan’s History of Chinese Painting." Sino-Japanese Studies 11. 2 (1999): 3-23.
Wong, Aida Yuen. "Review of Words and Images: Chinese Poetry, Calligraphy, and Painting by Wen Fong and Alfreda Murck." RACAR vol. 17, no. 2 1992: 193-194.