Stanley Abe

Stanley Abe

Associate Professor of Art and Art History

External Address: 
114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Smith Warehouse Bay 9, Room A289, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90766, Durham, NC 27708-0766
(919) 684-2487
Office Hours: 
Friday 2:00–3:00 and by appointment


Stanley Abe has published on Chinese Buddhist art, contemporary Chinese art, Asian American art, Abstract Expressionism, and the collecting of Chinese sculpture. He is now writing a narrative account of how Chinese sculpture came into existence as a category of Fine Art during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley 1989

  • M.A., University of California at Berkeley 1984

  • B.A., University of California at Berkeley 1981

Abe, S. "Xu Bing de zhenshi de yishu 徐冰的真实的艺术 (The Genuine Art of Xu Bing)." Xu Bing – Yancao jihua 徐冰 – 烟草计划 (Xu Bing: Tobacco Project). Ed. WH 巫鸿. Beijing: Zhongguo Renmin daxue chubanshe, 2006. 106–114-106–114.

Abe, S. "Why Asia Now? Contemporary Asian Art and the Politics of Multiculturalism." Shades of Black: Assembling the 80s, A transatlantic dialogue on Afro-Asian arts in post-war Britain. Ed. DA Bailey, I Baucom, and S Boyce. Duke University Press, 2005. 109-114.

Abe, S. "Bei Liang shita yu Mogao ku zaoqi san ku de niandai wenti (Northern Liang stone pillars and the dating of the earliest Mogao caves." Dunhuang xue guoji yantaohui wenji , Shiku kaogu juan (Collected works of the 1994 International Conference on Dunhuang studies, Cave temple archaeology volume). Ed. DYDR academy. Lanzhou: Gansu minzu chubanshe, 2000. 159–65-159–65.

Abe, S. "Nanbokucho no dokyo to zokei (Daoist sculpture of the Northern-Southern Dynasties period)." Sekai bijutsu daizenshu, Toyo hen (New History of World Art: Asia). Tokyo: Shogakkan, 2000. 362–68-362–68.

Abe, S. "Shaanxi sheng de Beiwei diaoke: Laiyuan, zanzhu, yuanwang (Northern Wei Sculpture from Shaanxi Province: Provenance, Patronage, Desire)." Between Han and Tang: Religious Art and Archaeology in a Transformative Period. Ed. W Hung. Beijing: Cultural Relics Publishing House, 2000. 461–88-461–88.

Abe, S. "Reading the Sky." Cross-Cultural Readings of Chineseness. Ed. W-H Yeh. Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, 2000. 53–79-53–79.

Abe, S. "No Questions, No Answers: China and A Book from the Sky." Modern Chinese Literature and Cultural Studies in the Age of Theory: Reimagining a Field. Ed. R Chow. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2000. 227–50-227–50.

Abe, S. "Chugoku o miseru (Exhibiting China)." The Present, and the Discipline of Art History in Japan. Ed. TNRIOC Properties. Tokyo: Heibonsha, 1999. 192–206-192–206.

Abe, S. "Inside the Wonder House: Buddhist Art and the West." Curators of the Buddha. Ed. D Lopez. University of Chicago, 1995.