Art Of The Natural World

Art Of The Natural World

by Valerie Doran
     
 

Prized for over a millennium by Chinese literati, scholars' rocks--stones sculpted by the elements into richly detailed miniature landscapes--have long been objects of contemplation, inspiration and ever-changing beauty. This succinct, elegantly designed volume offers a meditation by the noted artist and collector Richard Rosenbaum on the philosophy and spirit of…  See more details below

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Prized for over a millennium by Chinese literati, scholars' rocks--stones sculpted by the elements into richly detailed miniature landscapes--have long been objects of contemplation, inspiration and ever-changing beauty. This succinct, elegantly designed volume offers a meditation by the noted artist and collector Richard Rosenbaum on the philosophy and spirit of Chinese natural art, from scholars' rocks to similarly-fashioned objects in wood, metal and ceramic--as well as such reverse manifestations as works sculpted to replicate natural art. In a style that is at once informal and passionately engaged, Rosenblum discusses the history and use of natural art, the influence it has had on his own work, and, beyond this, the wider philosophical issues it raises--about artistic perception, the context of an art object and what ultimately distinguishes and constitutes a work of art. Centuries before Duchamp's snow shovel first hung on a gallery wall, Chinese natural art was challenging received notions about artistic creation and response. A book for scholars, artists and thinkers alike, Art of the Natural World is an indispensable commentary on the art of nature and the nature of art.

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Artist and collector Rosenblum (d. 2000) was dissatisfied with Western 20th-century abstraction because, he believed, it failed to address abstract forms in nature. He found such forms in Chinese sculpture, especially a kind in which found rocks or wood are taken from nature and flatteringly mounted in a marriage of nature and culture. One of the more interesting genres of Chinese nature sculpture is the scholar's rock, the smaller, indoor, and mounted version of "strange rocks" (), usually limestone pieces excavated from lakes or caves, and placed as-is in gardens. Also featured in color reproductions are inkstands and brushrests fractaled with swirls, gnarls, pits, coves, and hollows. Translations of ten 18th-century scrolled inscriptions on strange rocks end the volume. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878466238
Publisher:
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Publication date:
08/02/2001
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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