Meiqin Wang 王美钦 Associate Professor
Dr. Meiqin Wang specializes in modern and contemporary Chinese art and teaches Asian art history courses. Her dissertation and published materials focus on the recent developments of contemporary art from China and their social, political, economic, and institutional implications in the context of commercialization, urbanization and globalization of the Chinese world. Her research interests also include contemporary art of the Asian world and international exhibitions. Her teaching covers historical and contemporary arts from Asia and her courses emphasize the cultural and political context of artistic production.
Phone: (818) 677-3027
Office location: SG 227
Department of Art Faculty Homepage
Urbanization and Contemporary Chinese Art. New York: Routledge, 2015.
Klee on Art. Beijing: The People's Fine Arts Publishing House, 2002. (In Chinese)
Co-author, Reading the World's Masterpieces: From Romanticism to Realism. Beijing: The People's Fine Arts Publishing House, 2001. (In Chinese)
“Advertising the Chinese Dream: Urban Billboards and Ni Weihua's Documentary Photography.” China Information 29(2) (2015): 176-201.
“Urbanized interfaces: Visual arts in Chinese cities.” China Information 29(2) (2015): 139-153 (co-authored with Minna Valjakka)
“Invisible Body and the Predicaments of Existence in an Urbanizing China.” Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, vol. 44, no. 1 (2015): 163–197. (Download this article in PDF)
“The Primitive and Unproductive Body: He Yunchang and His Performance Art.” Yishu-Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, vol 13, iss 4 (2014): 6–25. (Download this article in PDF)
“To Demolish: Thinking About Urbanization in China Through a Collaborative Art Project in the Countryside.” Yishu–Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, vol 11, iss 4 (2012): 30–42. (Download this article in PDF)
“Art, Culture Industry and the Transformation of Songzhuang Artist Village.” The International Journal of the Arts in Society, vol 5, no 1 (2010): 187–205. (Download this article in PDF)
“Everyone Curates: From Global Avant-garde to Local Reality.” Yishu-Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, vol 8, iss 6 (2009): 20–31. (Download this article in PDF)
“Officializing the Unofficial: Presenting New Chinese Art.” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, vol 21, no 1 ( 2009): 102–140. (Download this article in PDF)
“Reflecting on International Biennials and Triennials in Asia.” Asia Art Archive Perspectives (Dialogue), October 2008.
“The Beijing Biennale: the Politics of Chinese Characteristics.” Yishu-Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, vol 7, iss 4 (2008): 20–31. (Download this article in PDF)
Contributor, Interview article “Trans-boundary Experiences: A Conversation between Xu Bing and Nick Kaldis.” Yishu-Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, vol 6, iss 2 (2007): 76–93.
“National Character: A Study on the Ninth National Art Exhibition in China.” Envisioning: Studies in Image and Idiom: Identity and Space, 2003. (Internet Publication)
“The Reconstruction of Chinese Painters of Second Generation on Realistic Oil Painting.” Art Observation, no 9 (2002): 25–27. (In Chinese)
“The Art World of Post-Deng China.” in Contemporary Chinese Art and Film: Theory Applied and Resisted. Jason C. Kuo (ed) (Washington, DC: New Academia Publishing, 2013), 37–65.
“On Xue Guoping's Art.” in Chinese Artists Books For International Art Exchange series, no 5. Beijing: China Federation of Literary and Art Circles Publishing House, 2007, 6–10. (In Chinese)
Exhibition Catalogues and Catalogue Essays
“Will Life Become Better?: the City and the Crowd in Zhao Shuo's Painting.” In Zhao Shuo Works (Shanghai: Zhao Shuo Contemporary Art Center, 2013), 84–88.
Liu Bolin: The Sociology of the Invisible Body California State University Northridge Art Galleries, August 27 – September 15, 2012.
Tales of Our Time: Two Contemporary Artists From China California State University Northridge Art Galleries, 2011.
“Portraying China: Urbanization in Progress.” In Tales of Our Time: Two Contemporary Artists From China. California State University Northridge Art Galleries, 2011, 4–8.
“Globalization, Asianization, and Chinese Individuals.” In Trans-boundary Experience: An Exhibition on Contemporary Art from China, Japan, and Korea, SPOOL MFG Gallery, 2006. (Non-paged exhibition catalogue)
“A review of Responding to the World: Contemporary Chinese Art, Exhibitions, and Criticism in the 1990s, by Peggy Wang.” Dissertation Reviews. February 28, 2013.
Presentations (at conferences, symposia, and various institutions)
2014 Building the City Image: Culture, Creativity, and Contemporary Art, the 2014 Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context," Heidelberg University, October 8–10.
2012 Urbanization and Contemporary Art in Asia, the 100th College Art Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, February 22–25.
2009 International Exhibition in East Asia, the 97th College Art Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, February 25–28.
Papers Presented and Talks Given
2014 "Power, Capital, and Creative Freedom: Art and the City in Contemporary China," the 2014 Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context," Heidelberg University, October 8–10.
2014 "The Reign of Things: Consuming Everyday Life in Urban China," Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (WCAAS), Arizona State University, October 3–4.
2013 "Invisible Body, Little Men, and the Predicaments of Existence in An Urbanizing China," the 8th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 8), Macao, June 24–27.
2013 Invited Talk, "Movements and Trends of Contemporary Chinese Art since the 1990s," Cultural Enrichment Coalition (CEC) and San Fernando Valley Chinese Cultural Association (SFVCCA) sponsored lecture series, Los Angeles, April 20.
2013 "Globalization and International Art Biennial/Triennials in Asia," General Education Path Day, California State University Northridge, April 18.
2012 "Using Assignments as Tools for Active Learning," Faculty Retreat, California State University Northridge, January 17–18.
2012 "To Demolish: Thinking about Urbanization in Rural China Through A Collaborative Art Project," the 100th College Art Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, February 22–25.
2011 "From Vagrants to Cultural Elites: Artist Migration in Contemporary China," "70 Years of Asian Studies"—Joint Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) and the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS), Honolulu, March 31–April 3.
2010 "The Artist and the Art World in Contemporary China," Annual Meeting of the Art Historian of Southern California, Los Angeles, December 4.
2010 "Urbanization and Its Representation in Contemporary Chinese Art," Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (WCAAS), California State University Northridge, October 22–23.
2010 "Developing Learner-Centered Teaching: A Showcase of Classroom Strategies," Center for Innovative and Engaged Learning Opportunities, California State University Northridge, September 7.
2010 "Culture Industry, Political Tolerance and the Transformation of the Song Zhuang Artist Village," 5th International Conference on the Arts in Society, Sydney, July 22–25.
2010 "Embracing New Pedagogical Paradigms: Learning to Learn Art History," 13th CSU Symposium on University Teaching, California State University San Bernardino, April 24.
2010 Panelist in Contemporary Art Conversations #4, Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles. Organized by art critic Peter Frank and art historian Betty Brown, and co-sponsored by AICA (International Association of Art Critics), February 20.
2009 "Everyone Curates: From Global Avant-garde to Local Reality," Negotiating Difference: Contemporary Chinese Art in the Global Context, Berlin, October 22–24.
2009 Invited Talk, "Art in China: From Tiananmen Square to Today," China Program, Porter Ranch Library, April 4.
2009 Invited Talk, "Explosive Contemporary Art Scenes in China," Cultural Enrichment Coalition (CEC) and San Fernando Valley Chinese Cultural Association (SFVCCA) sponsored lecture series, Los Angeles. March 7.
2009 "Nationalism via Globalism: The Third Beijing International Art Biennale," the 97th College Art Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, February 25–28.
2008 Invited Talk, "Art, Censorship and Western Fantasy about Chinese Unofficial Art," China Forum: Reimagining China, California State University Northridge. November 13.
2008 Invited Talk, "New Movements from China: Contemporary Art Turns Official," University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), April 23.
2008 "From Underground Art to International Touring Art: Chinese Contemporary Art on the Move," Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, January 11–14.
2006 "Construction and Deconstruction of Asian Identity: Trans-boundary Borders," The Asian Subject: Negotiating Identity—New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS), St. Lawrence University, October 6–7.
2006 "Transformation and Confrontation: Rethinking Official Art in Contemporary China," Crossing the Boundaries XIV: Revisions: New Approaches to Art History, State University of New York at Binghamton, April 21–22.
2005 "From Underground to Ground Exhibitions: Chinese Contemporary Art and Cultural Nationalism," Facing Asia—New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS), State University of New York at New Paltz, September 30–October 1.
2005 "The Chinese Pavilion and Chinese Contemporary Art: An official Commitment," The Future of Asia—Fourth International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 4), Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Shanghai, August 20–24.
2005 "Art, Cultural Identity, and Politics: Hong Kong in Transition," Frick Symposium on the History of Art. Presented annually by The Frick Collection and the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University, April 15–16.
2005 "Presenting 'Chineseness' Through the Beijing Biennale: Old Topic with New Form?" 14th Annual Graduate Student Conference on East Asia, Columbia University, February 4–5.
2004 "The Space of In-Between: Hou Hanru and His Global Discourse," Asian Border Crossings—New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS), Bard College, October 29–30.
2004 "Chinese Feminist Art at Crossroads," Crossing the Boundaries XII: Image/Power, State University of New York at Binghamton, April 23–24.
2004 "The City of Hong Kong and its Cultural Discourse in the Epoch of Returning," Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture Fourteenth Annual Conference, State University of New York at Binghamton, April 16–17.
2003 "National Character: A Study on the Ninth National Art Exhibition," Crossing the Boundaries XI: Identity and Space, State University of New York at Binghamton, May 2–3.
State University of New York at Binghamton
Field: Art History
Dissertation: Confrontation and Complicity: Rethinking Official Art in Contemporary China
Chinese National Academy of Arts (中国艺术研究院), Beijing, China
Field: Art History
Fujian Normal University (福建师范大学), Fuzhou, China
Major: Art Education