Asian Art, Miscellaneous
Masterpieces and Museum-Quality Indian Modern & Contemporary Paintings
Paperback ISBN: 189020658x
Produced in conjunction with the Auction of the same name, this publication showcases one of the finest collections of Indian Modern & Contemporary Paintings ever brought together for sale. The Works have been historically contextualised through seven sections, The Art of Portraiture/ Studies of the Female & Other Life Forms/ Religious Icons & Narrative/ Folk & Tribal Art as Inspirational Platform/ Demons of Unrelenting Introspection/ Social Responsibility as the Aesthetic Work Ethic/ Nature, Landscape & Cityscape as Inspiration, with clear pricing and illustration references. A well-researched text provides valuable curatorial and documentational support presented through the now-acclaimed design formats of Tuli & Trivedi. Detailed Artist Bibliographies constitute an additional and valuable research resource. This volume is the fifth in the Auction Series published by Osian's as part of its larger programme to establish a credible and integrated infrastructure for the arts in India.
Monks and Merchants
Silk Road Treasures from Northwest China Gansu and Ningxia Provinces, Fourth-Seventh Century
Hardcover ISBN: 0810934787
Published in conjunction with the October 2001 exhibition at the Asia Society Museum in New York, this volume illuminates a pivotal epoch in Chinese history between the Han and Tang periods when Buddhism took root in China and trade in exotic goods flourished along the Silk Road. It features 120-plus rare works of art in gold, silver, glass, clay, and stone from Chinese collections, many recently excavated and most of them never before published in English. The primary authors, Juliano (Chinese art, Rutgers U.) and Lerner (independent art historian) and contributing historians and archaeologists address the contribution of the nomadic tribes, the role of the Sogdians as Silk Road traders and later as Chinese officials, the gold and silver coinage found in a Sogdian cemetary, the role of Buddhism as a catalyst, and other topics. Object descriptions accompany the photographs and essays. Contains 334 illustrations, including 214 color plates. Oversize: 9.25x12.25. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Paperback ISBN: 1611803381
The meaning of life--as expressed in a single Chinese landscape painting: a new work of meditative philosophy by the renowned translator of the Chinese classics and author of Hunger Mountain. Join David Hinton on an exploration of the entire nature of reality--an ambitious project for such a compact book, and even more amazing when you see that this cosmic journey happens all within the exploration of a single Chinese landscape painting. The painting called Peaceful-Distance Pavilion by Shih-t'ao (1642-1707) is, like other paintings in that genre, mostly space: one tiny figure, accompanied by an attendant, looks out over a vast landscape of mountains and clouds. But start looking into that space and, with the right guidance, what you end up seeing is profound. David Hinton is the perfect guide. He uses his knowledge of Chinese philosophy, poetry, art, language, and writing system to illuminate this painting's message, which is ultimately the story of the glorious dance between nothing and everything, between emptiness and existence. It's an enthralling journey that can change the way you look at the world, a journey for which David is a wise and eloquent guide.
The Beginner's Guide to Chinese Calligraphy
An Introduction to Semi-cursive Script Xingshu
Paperback ISBN: 1602201390
Chinese calligraphy is a unique visual art form that can be appreciated regardless of having previous knowledge of Chinese characters. While modern Chinese calligraphy consists of five styles, this book focuses on the semi-cursive script, a practical style that emphasizes the transition and structure between strokes. The Beginner's Guide to Chinese Calligraphy Semi-cursive Script teaches how to write the practical and artistic semi-cursive script. Based on the style of Zhao Mengfu, a master of semi-cursive script, you will learn the distinct features of the script and what exemplifies the semi-cursive style. This guide, with step by step illustrations, reduces the difficulty for beginners to learn Chinese calligraphy and is truly a must for Chinese calligraphy amateurs.
The Art of Exile
Paintings by Tibetan Children in India
Paperback ISBN: 0890133522
Tells the story of the Tibetan exile experience through watercolors, words, and photographs. Focuses on the Tibetan Homes Foundation in Mussoorie, India, and the stories of the children who escaped Tibet to settle there. Includes interviews with several children about their passages to India, their memories of home, and their new life in India. The politics of the Tibetan situation are also dealt with through paintings of Chinese soldiers, the Dalai Lama, and more interviews with the exiles. Concludes with an essay by Clare Harris, a British art anthropologist who specializes in Tibetan culture. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.