B.A. (Chicago); M.St, D.Phil (Oxon)
Josh Yiu is the Director of the Art Museum. He received his B.A. in Art History from the University of Chicago, and completed his doctorate at Oxford University. From 2006 to 2013, he served as the Foster Foundation Curator of Chinese Art at the Seattle Art Museum. A specialist in late imperial and modern Chinese art, his publications include Writing Modern Chinese Art: Historiographic Explorations (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2009) and Remembering Days Gone By: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy from the Seattle Art Museum Collection, an online catalogue sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Foundation. He has taught and lectured at various universities, including the University of Washington and the Seattle University.
1. A Fuller View of China: Chinese Art at the Seattle Art Museum. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2014.
2. (Ed.) Two Masters, Two Generations, and One Vision for Modern Chinese Painting: Paintings by Gao Jianfu (1879-1951) and Lui Shou-kwan (1919-1975) in The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Oxford. Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2013.
3. (Project Director and Co-editor) Uncover the Past: Chinese painting and calligraphy at the Seattle Art Museum (http://chinesepainting.seattleartmuseum.org).
4. (Ed.) Writing Modern Chinese Art. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2009.
1. “Rethinking Gao Jianfu: Idea before the Brush.” Arts of Asia, vol. 44.2 (March-April 2014), pp. 122-131.
2. “The Stone Altar in Ming and Qing Mausoleums.” In Wu Hung ed. Studies on Ancient Tomb Art, vol. II. Changsha: Hunan meishu chubanshe, 2013, pp. 359-375.
3. “The Rise of Sang de Boeuf ceramics.” In Shelagh Vainker ed. A Life in Chinese Art. Oxford: Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, 2012.
4. “From the Forgotten Garden: Wang Huaiqing’s Art, Life and World.” In Tiantian Wang ed. Wang Huaiqing: A Painter’s Painter in Contemporary China. Ediciones Polígrafa, 2011.
5. “The Blue in Qi Baishi’s Blue Mountains: On a landscape in the Collection of Professor Michael Sullivan.” In Wang Mingming ed. Qi Baishi Guoji taolunhui lunwenji. Beijing: Wenhua yishu chubanshe, 2010.
6. “Wen Zhengming’s Poem to the Painting ‘Sunset on the Jin and Jiao Mountains’.” (translated into Japanese) In Yukiko Shirahara ed. Luminous Jewels: Masterpieces of Asian Art from the Seattle Art Museum, Japan: Yomiuri Shimbun and Mitsumura Printing Co., Ltd., 2009, pp. 57-61.
7. “On the Origin of the Garniture de Cheminée.” (peer-reviewed) Journal of American Ceramic Circle, vol. 15, 2009, pp. 11-23.
8. “Art History in the Making.” Apollo: the International Magazine for Collectors, May 2008, pp. 52-57.
1. Two Masters, Two Generations, and One Vision for Modern Chinese Painting: Paintings by Gao Jianfu (1879-1951) and Lui Shou-kwan (1919-1975) (Organized by The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Oxford), The Art Museum, CUHK, Hong Kong, December – May 2014.
2. Wang Huaiqing: A Painter’s Painter in Contemporary China. Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, November – April 2011.
3. New Old and New New: Recent Acquisitions of Asian Art, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, December 2009 – 2011.
4. Enduring Affinity: Chinese Jades and Celadons, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, June 2009 – 2014.
5. Of Nature and Friendship: Modern Chinese Painting from the Khoan and Michael Sullivan Collection, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, February – July 2007.
1. “Collaborations with Long-term Impact.” Presented in “Forum for Chinese Art Curators”, British Museum, December 2014.
2. “The Politics of Incense Offering and the Rise of the Archaistic Censer.” Presented in “Middle Period Conference”, Harvard University, June 2014.
3. (Moderator) “Jindai renwu zhuanji ji shujuku jianshe (Digitization of Modern Biographies).” Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, May 2014.
1. Gold Muse Award for Online Presence, the American Alliance of Museums, 2014
2. Leadership in Arts Management—J. Paul Getty Foundation, 2011
3. PhD. Fellowship—Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation of International Scholarly Exchange, 2004-2005
4. Somerville Senior Scholar in the Arts and Humanities, University of Oxford, 2003-2005
5. Visiting Scholar, East Asian Library, Princeton University, 2003
6. Best B.A. Thesis in Art History, The University of Chicago, 2000