Visiting Critics Lectures and Discussions:
Joan Kee, critic and contemporary art historian, Detroit
Joan Kee is an art historian specializing in art and law, modern and contemporary art, particularly East and Southeast Asian art. Her book, Contemporary Korean Art: Tansaekhwa and the Urgency of Method, published by University of Minnesota Press in 2013, is credited with sparking global interest in Dansaekhwa, a major constellation of abstract paintings produced in South Korea from the 1960s. In 2014, she curated From All Sides: Tansaekhwa and the Urgency of Method, a group show of representative Tansaekhwa artists that was widely acclaimed. A contributing editor to Artforum, Kee teaches at the University of Michigan where she is Associate Professor in the History of Art. As of May 2017 she is working on a book about contemporary art and law.
Kee earned her PhD at New York University Institute of Fine Arts. Her supervisor was Shitao scholar Jonathan Hay. Research for her dissertation was supported by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Kee also obtained a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Yale College where she graduated magna cum laude.
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