Eugene Wang (汪悦进, Ph.D Harvard ’97) began teaching at the University of Chicago in 1996 before joining the faculty at Harvard University in 1997. He was appointed the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art at Harvard in 2005. A Guggenheim Fellow (2005) and recipient of ACLS and Getty grants, he served as the art history associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Buddhism (Macmillan, 2004). His book, Shaping the Lotus Sutra: Buddhist Visual Culture of Medieval China (2005) received the Academic Excellence Award from Japan in 2006. His extensive publications cover the entire range of Chinese art history from ancient funerary art to modern and contemporary Chinese art and cinema. He serves on the advisory board of the Center for Advanced Studies, National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and the editorial board of The Art Bulletin.
Research interests: Chinese art history; ancient bronzes; Buddhist murals and sculptures; reliquaries; scroll paintings; calligraphy; woodblock prints; architecture; photography; films
Books and Monographs
- Sterling Ruby: Vivids (2015)
- Secrets of the Fallen Pagoda: The Famen Temple and Tang Court Culture (2014)
- China’s Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor’s Legacy (2012)
- Shaping the Lotus Sutra: Buddhist Visual Culture in Medieval China (2005)
- Xu Bing: Language Lost (1995)
Recent Articles and Chapters
- Wang, Eugene. “Aftershock: Eugene Wang on the Recent Work of Liu Xiaodong”. Artforum International (2012): , 204-211. Print.
- Wang, Eugene. “Jouissance of Death? Han Sarcophagi from Sichuan and the Art of Physiological Alchemy”. RES: Journal of Anthropology and Aesthetics (2012): , 152-166. Print.
- Wang, Eugene. “Ritual Practice without Its Practitioner? Early Eleventh Century Dhāraṇī Prints in the Ruiguangsi Pagoda”. Cahiers d’Extrême‐Asie (CEA) (2012). Print.
- Wang, Eugene. “What Happened to the First Emperor’s Postmortem Spirit?”. Ed. Liu Yang. China’s First Emperor, the Terracotta Army and the Qin Culture (2012).
- Wang, Eugene. “Film and Contemporary Chinese Art”. The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas. Ed. Carlos Rojas. Oxford University Press, 2013. Print.
- Wang, Eugene. “The Shadow Image in the Cave: Discourse on Icons”. Early Medieval China Sourcebook. Ed. Wendy Swartz. Columbia University Press, 2014. Print.
- Wang, Eugene. “Time in Early Chinese Art”. Blackwell Companion to Chinese Art. Ed. Martin Powers & Katherine Tsiang. Blackwell, 2015. Print.