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Xin Wu

Assistant Professor

Office : Andrews Hall 209
Email: : [[xwu]]
Office Phone: 757-221-2530

Research Interests

The history of arts and visual culture in China (10th-century to the present); representation of nature in East Asian landscape and garden art; cross-cultural encounters between East Asia and the West; global contemporary environmental art and landscape architecture.


Ph. D.             History of Art; University of Bristol, United Kingdom, 2008

M. Arch.       History of Architecture; McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 2001

M. S.               Urban Design; Tongji University, Shanghai, China, 1996

B. A.                City Planning; Tongji University, Shanghai, China, 1992

Selected Publications


Patricia Johanson and the Re-Invention of Public Environmental Art, 1958–2010. Ashgate Publishing, 2013.

The New Art of Landscape: Conversations between Xin Wu and Contemporary Designers 景观启示录—吴欣当代设计师访谈. Bilingual in English and Chinese. Beijing: China Architecture and Building Press, 2012.

Reconstruction of Modernity: Patricia Johanson's House & Garden Commission. 2 vols. Washington DC: Dumbarton Oaks; distributed by Harvard University Press, 2008.


Articles & chapters

"Garden Art in the History of Chinese Art" in, Blackwell Companion to Chinese Art, edited by Martin Powers and Katherine Tsiang (Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, forthcoming).

"Landscape & Garden, History & Identity in a Neo-Confucian Academy (12th-18th Centuries)" in Interlacing of Words and Things: Beyond Nature and Culture, edited by Stephen Bann  (Washington D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks; distributed by Harvard University Press, 2012), 65-80.

"Yuelu Academy: Landscapes and Gardens of neo-Confucian Pedagogy" in Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes (UK/USA), vol. 25, no. 3 (July-September, 2005): 156-90.

"Gardens as Cultural Memory: The Eight Scenes of the [Yuelu] Academy" in Die Gartenkunst (Germany), vol. 19 (1/2007): 93-108.

"Walk through the Crossing: The Draw at Sugar House Park, Salt Lake City" in Contemporary Garden Aesthetics, Creations and Interpretations, edited by Michael Conan (Washington D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks; distributed by Harvard University Press, 2007): 141-62.

“Contemporary Landscape Design in China 中國當代景觀設計”, Landscape Architecture Frontiers 景觀設計學, vol. 1, no. 1 (February 2013): 68-72.

"Beyond the Picturesque 走出畫境" in  Frontier of Environment Aesthetics 環境美學前沿, ed. Cheng Wangheng (Wuhan, China: Wuhan University Press, 2008), 117-39.

 "A New Aesthetics of Landscape 景观新美学", preface for Landscape of Rock 穿越岩石景观,  Chinese edition of Michel Conan, The Crazannes Quarries by Bernard Lassus, © 2004 (Changsha, China: Hunan Science and Technology Press, 2006), 1-6.

Grants and Awards

Suzann Wilson Matthews Summer Research Award, College of William & Mary, 2012 & 2013

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts Grant, for Patricia Johanson and the Reinvention of Public Environmental Art, 1958-2010 (Ashgate, 2013), 2009  

Research Grant for Social Sciences and Humanities (McGill University), 2000  

The Margaret Gillett Research Awards, 1999   

Excellent Prize (interior and furniture design for Pierre Cardin flagship store, Shenzhen), Exhibition of the Art of Architecture and Design (Guangdong, China), 1995    

  • Asian Art
  • East Asian Art

  • The Arts of China

  • The Arts of Japan

  • Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art

  • Representation of Nature in Asian Art

  • Landscape and Garden since 1900

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