Julia Andrews, professor of Asian art history at Ohio State University, was the first American art historian to conduct dissertation research in China after formal establishment of US-China relations in 1979. Her early work, Painters and Politics in the People’s Republic of China, 1949-1979 (1994), won the Joseph Levenson Prize of the Association for Asian Studies for the best book of the year on modern China. University of California Press will release her most recent book, Art of Modern China (co-authored with Kuiyi Shen), in 2012. In addition to teaching and writing, she conceived one of the first American exhibitions of contemporary Chinese art, Fragmented Memory: The Chinese Avant-Garde in Exile, at OSU’s Wexner Center for the Arts in 1993, as well as the Guggenheim Museum’s ground-breaking 1998 exhibition, A Century in Crisis: Modernity and Tradition in the Art of Twentieth Century China, shown in New York and Bilbao. Among her publications touching upon gender issues are: “Traditionalism as a Modern Stance: The Chinese Women’s Calligraphy and Painting Society of 1930s Shanghai;” “The Ideology of Consumption: Chinese Lifestyle Magazines in the 1990s;” “Art and the Cosmopolitan Culture of 1920s Shanghai: Liu Haisu and the Nude Model Controversy;” “Schudy, the Storm Society, and China’s Early Modernist Movement;” and Blooming in the Shadows: Unofficial Chinese Art, 1974-1985. In addition, she has recently been involved in collaborative web-supported projects, including “A New Approach to the Popular Press in China: Gender and Cultural Production, 1904-1937,” and “Picturing Utopia: the Iconography of Socialist Realism.”
Andrews is a speaker in the Panel: The Country.