Building on a long tradition of intellectual innovation, the Department of Art History at UCLA endorses an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach to art history of all periods and places. By thinking across current categories and boundaries and critically interrogating art history itself, our students are encouraged to question the canon, to rethink the relationships between margins and centers, and to practice a socially and politically responsible art history.
The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.
Art can lead to a new kind of knowledge of the world.
This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
Art is a guarantee of sanity. That is the most important thing I have said.
[A] pictorial style gives access to the visual skills and habits and, through these, to the distinctive social experience.
Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.
To create, one must first question everything.
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.
Being an artist now means to question the nature of art.
The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.
I dislike cults and isms. I want to paint in terms of my own thinking and feeling.
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
I had an idea and I had a good purpose and that's why I made works of art.
What art offers is space — a certain breathing room for the spirit.
For Art and Joy go together, with bold openness, and high head, and ready hand, fearing nought, and dreading no exposure.
There’s no diploma in the world that declares you as an artist—it’s not like becoming a doctor. You can declare yourself an artist and then figure out how to be an artist.
One never finishes learning about art...they seem to be as inexhaustible and unpredictable as real human beings.
[Art] is a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings.
UCLA ART HISTORY PROFILE
Joy Xiao Chen
From: Chengdu, China
UCLA Affiliation/Title: Ph.D. candidate, Chinese art
Favorite Artwork: Xiao Yuncong, Marvelous Verses without Sounds, ca.1660-1673
Favorite Moment: My favorite moment has to be when I was awarded the History of Art and Visual Culture Predoctoral Fellowship from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2021. The Met owns the best collection of historical Chinese paintings relevant to my research on seventeenth-century landscape arts. It was such a great honor to study the Met’s collection as a junior fellow in New York City!
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