Calligraphy in Contemporary China
Paperback ISBN: 1884919065
Published to accompany an exhibit at the gallery, in New York City, from April to June 1998. Offers examples of the modern resurgence of the traditional writing form as practiced by 21 artists. The many black-and-white illustrations and 11 color plates are supported with an introduction to the genre, discussions of the artists and their work, and an interview with American artist Brice Marden. No index. Distributed in the U.S. by U. of Washington Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
China at the Court of the Emperors
Unknown Masterpieces from Han Tradition to Tang Elegance, 25-907
Hardcover ISBN: 8861306810
Published to accompany a historic exhibition held in Florence, Italy at the Palazzo Strozzi in 2008, this oversized catalog (9.75x11.25") features 8 essays and full catalog entries for 132 works of Chinese painting, calligraphy, and sculpture from Chinese museums. Written by specialists in Chinese art based in the US, Europe, and Taiwan, the essays discuss topics that include Chinese Buddhism, nomads and merchants in China, horses in Han art, and the Tang dynasty in recent Chinese film. The art works are reproduced in full-page color plates of superb quality. There is an extensive bibliography, but no index. Distributed by Rizzoli. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
China's Terracotta Warriors
The First Emperor's Legacy
Paperback ISBN: 0980048494
Like most of China's amazing archaeological discoveries, the terracotta army was found by accident. It came to light in 1974 when local farmers were drilling a well. Since then, remarkable discoveries at the First Emperor's burial site have ben ongoing, revealing the wealth of China's ancient past. With contributions from leading scholars, China's Terracotta Warriors presents a panoramic view of Qin artistic, military, and administrative achievements under the powerful ruler sho proclaimed himself First Emperor of China. In addition to findings from his tomb complex, it examines the period of Chinese history preceding the First Emperor's reign (246-210 BCE) and his establishment of the Qin empire and dynasty in 221 BCE. The Qin state had been in existence for over half a millennium before the First Emperor came to the throne, and its rulers had played their parts in the evolution of a small state into a superpower. Only in recent years has that history been revealed through a series of remarkable and often accidental discoveries of tombs and burials of early Qin royals and aristocracy. In the absence of substantive and reliable written sources, it is this archaeological evidence which provides clues to Qin's rise from state to empire. China's Terracotta Warriors is published to accompany exhibitions at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Liu Yang is curator of Chinese art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The other contributors are Edmund Capon, Albert Dien, Liu Yunhui, Jeffery Riegle, Eugene Wang, Jay Xu, and Yuan Zhongyi.
Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution
Fu Baoshi (1904-1965)
Paperback ISBN: 0300169744
One of the preeminent figures in 20th-century Chinese art, Fu Baoshi (1904-1965) revolutionized the tradition of Chinese ink painting, opening the door to innovations by subsequent generations. As both an art historian and a painter, he directed his work toward protecting cultural heritage in times of war and revolution. From traditional-style landscape and figure painting to political artwork manifesting state ideology during the Mao era, Fu's work demonstrates his search for a unique artistic language that speaks for the self and the nation. Using native tradition as an essential element, Fu's artistic modernity defined Chinese art as a discipline distinct from Western and international socialist art of the time. Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution is the first comprehensive retrospective of Fu's work to be published in the West. The book includes more than 100 artworks that demonstrate his stylistic transformation across several decades. Insightful essays offer the latest scholarship on Fu's life and art, Japan's impact on modern Chinese art, and art and politics in China's turbulent 20th century.
Hardcover ISBN: 1606521535
These beautifully illustrated pages provide essential concepts of Chinese painting, from vivid figures and awesome landscapes to exquisite flowers and dainty insects. Chinese Painting starts from the ancient invention of paper and ends with the renewal and innovation of this art form in modern times.