History of Art Graduate Department of Art

Gary Wang

China, late-imperial and modern

Email: emailgary.wang@mail.utoronto.ca

Supervisor:  Jennifer Purtle


Areas of Academic Interest
  • art and visual culture of late-19th and early-20th century China; Chinese popular press and print capitalism; gender, dress, film and material culture studies; image-text-sound issues; history of Art History; historiography of modern China.
Current Research
  • My dissertation, “Modern Girls and Musclemen: Engendering Beauty in China’s ‘New Culture,’ 1917-1954,” examines the early-twentieth-century emergence of two gendered motifs in paintings, advertisements, pictorial magazines and movies. The study considers how the relationship between these images and the neologism meishu (fine art) impacted pre-existing notions of mei (beauty), art, the body and respectability. Other projects include “Manchuness and the Liangbatou, from Hairdo to Headpiece (1830s-1930s),” which historicizes the material evolution of a headdress worn by Manchu women that became increasingly conspicuous during the first decade of the 20th century. This was a period when anti-Manchu sentiment among Chinese intellectuals intensified and, in 1911, ended the Qing dynasty lineage of Manchu emperors who reigned in Beijing since conquering it in 1644.
  • BFA (Asian Studies/Visual Arts, 2005) University of British Columbia
  • MA (Asian Studies, 2010) University of British Columbia
Selected Publications
  • 2011

    “Making ‘Opposite-sex Love’ in Print: Discourse and Discord in Linglong Women’s Pictorial

    Magazine, 1931-1937,” Nan Nü: Men, Women and Gender in China 13.2 : 244-347.

  • 2014

    “Book Review.”  Sporting Gender: Women, Athletes and Celebrity-Making during China’s

    National Crisis, 1931-45, by Gao Yunxiang.  Asian Women 30.2 : 113-6.

Recent Awards
  • Dr. David Chu Scholarship in Asia Pacific Studies
  • Jackman Junior Fellowship in the Humanities
  • Canada-China Scholars Exchange Scholarship
  • Fukien Chinese Association Award

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