Roberta Wue

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Associate Professor, Art History
School of Humanities
Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
B.A., Swarthmore College
University of California, Irvine
Department of Art History
2114 Humanities Gateway
Mail Code: 2785
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
art history modern china pictures
Research Abstract
I work on late Qing and early twentieth-century China, with a particular interest in painting, photography, print culture, and intermediality. I always like to think about issues of audience and picturing, and recently have been considering genre, heterogeneity and hybridity, seriality, and movement in modern Chinese art and visual culture.
Co-edited with Luke Gartlan, Portraiture and Studio Photography in China and Japan (New York: Routledge, 2017)
"Art Worlds: Artists, Images, and Audiences in Late Nineteenth-Century Shanghai" (Hong Kong University Press and University of Hawai'i Press, 2015)
"China in the World: On Photography, Montages, and the Magic Lantern," History of Photography, XLI/2 (2017), 171-187
"Group Encounters: Milton M. Miller’s Hong Kong and Canton Photographs," in Gartlan and Wue, Portraiture and Studio Photography in China and Japan (New York: Routledge, 2017), 41-58
"The Mandarin at Home and Abroad: Picturing Li Hongzhang (1823-1901)," Ars Orientalis, XLIII (2013), 140-156
“From Paragon to Butcher: Iconography and Identity in the Early Portraiture of Ren Bonian (1840-1895),” in Shane McCausland and Yin Hwang, eds., On Telling Images of China: Essays in Narrative Painting and Visual Culture (Hong Kong University Press, 2013): 265-292
"Selling the Artist: Advertising, Art and Audience in Later Nineteenth Century Shanghai," Art Bulletin, XCI/4 (December 2009), 464-481
“Deliberate Looks: Ren Bonian’s 1888 Album of Women,” in Jason Kuo, ed., Visual Culture in Shanghai 1850-1930 (Washington, DC: New Academia Publishing, 2007), 55-77
“Essentially Chinese: The Chinese Portrait Subject in Nineteenth-Century Photography,” in Wu Hung and Katherine R. Tsiang, eds., Body and Face in Chinese Visual Culture (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 2005), 257-280
“The Profits of Philanthropy: Relief Aid, Shenbao, and the Art World in Later Nineteenth-Century Shanghai,” Late Imperial China, XXV/1 (June 2004): 187-211
With Joanna Waley-Cohen and Edwin K. Lai, Picturing Hong Kong: Photography 1855-1910 (New York: Asia Society Galleries and George Braziller, 1997)
Professional Societies
College Art Association
Association of Asian Studies
History of Photography, Contributing Editor
Late Imperial China, Associate Editor
Graduate Programs
Visual Studies
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