Dissertation Title: Placing Abstraction: Barnett Newman and the System of Historicization

Advisor: Bader, Graham P.

Yuri Yoshida is a Ph.D. candidate, completing his dissertation on the Abstract Expressionist artist Barnett Newman. In Japan, Yoshida has engaged in curatorial work at the Kawasaki City Museum, the National Museum of Modern Art, and Mori Art Museum. Yoshida has served as Scholar-in-Residence at the Barnett Newman Foundation (2014–15), John & Dominque de Menil fellow at the Menil Collection (2018–19), and William A. Camfield fellow in the area of American Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2019–20). Yoshida has also translated numerous English art-historical texts for Japanese books and exhibition catalogues. His essays appear in the Japanese journals Bijutsushi and NACT Review: Bulletin of the National Art Center, Tokyo.


“Barnett Newman’s Bird’s-Eye View of His Contemporaries: An Analysis of Some November 1959 Drafts,” Bijutsushi: The Journal of the Japan Art History Society 189, vol. 78, no. 1, 2020, pp. 45-59 (in Japanese).

“Barnett Newman’s Perception of Artistic Genealogy and Production as Seen in His Criticism of Ad Reinhardt’s “Black” Paintings,” NACT Review: Bulletin of the National Art Center, Tokyo, no. 5, 2019, pp. 51–68. (in Japanese).

“Barnett Newman’s Self-Historicization: Analysis of Late 1960s Letters on Deposit at the Barnett Newman Foundation,” Bijutsushi: The Journal of the Japan Art History Society 183, vol. 72, no. 1, 2017, pp. 50–65. (in Japanese)

Research Areas

Modern and Contemporary Art


MA, Art History, Hunter College of the City University of New York

MA, Value and Decision Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology

BS, Mathematics, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Honors & Awards

2020 Brown Foundation Dissertation Writing Award

2019 Brown Foundation Dissertation Research Award

2019 James T. Wagoner ’29 Foreign Study Scholarship


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