Space in Art History is a collection of a series of lectures by Professor Wu Hong, who was invited by the OCAT Institute to hold these lectures at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing, from June 20th to June 22nd, 2016.
The analysis of visual objects in the studies of art history has always been centered with two core concepts, “image” and “form”. However, “space” and its relevant concepts have been re-occurring continuously in the author’s writing about art history, based on which, a framework about observing, describing and explaining artworks is now coming into being.
This book uses “space” as the main thread, integrating the author’s studies in many years about Chinese art history at a methodological level. From the perspective of an art educator, the author also, for the first time, started a form of “jiangxiban” (a combination of speech delivery and study workshop) for young students in China, in order to summarize the intentions of his past research, and to explain his experiences of his scholarly work.
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WU Hung, elected member of the American Academy of Art and Science, art historian, art critic and curator. He is Director of the Center for the Art of East Asia, the Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor in Chinese Art History at the Department of Art History and the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, the Consulting Curator at the Smart Museum at the University of Chicago. He also sits on the boards and advisory committees of many research institutes and museums in the United States and China. He is a member the Asian Art Council at the Guggenheim Museum, the chairman of the academic board of the OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, and the chairman of the academic board of the Yuz Museum.