Art Historian Publishes on Early 20th-Century Chinese Women Artists

Photo of female students at the Institut franco-chinois de Lyon. Funü zazhi / Ladies’ Journal, vol. 8, issue 7, July 1922, Shanghai. Courtesy Doris Sung.

Assistant Professor Dr. Doris Sung published an article in AWARE (Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions) research database that examines the impact of Chinese women artists just after the fall of imperial rule in early twentieth-century China.

In “Chinese Women Artists in the Early Twentieth Century,” Dr. Sung discusses women artists’ contributions to the reforms in Chinese art and the society’s changing gender roles during what she termed the “seismic shifts in the views of women’s roles in society.” Focusing on the period after the 1911 revolution, the fall of imperial rule and the establishment of the new republic, Sung writes about several specific artists who, “through their involvements in art education, national and international exhibitions, publishing, and art organizations, engaged in the dialogues of modernity and modernism in Chinese art and asserted women’s voice in the artistic milieu.”

Sung researched and wrote the article as part of the TEAM international academic network: Teaching, E-learning, Agency and Mentoring. In 2020, she presented the webinar, “Why Have There Been No Great Chinese Women Artists?,” available on Vimeo.

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