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Chinese Art: Modern Expressions
     

Chinese Art: Modern Expressions

by Maxwell K. Hearn (Editor), Judith E. Smith (Editor)
 
China’s entry into the modern era was shaped by unprecedented internal turmoil and external pressures, which brought a forceful end to two millennia of imperial rule and cultural insularity. The essays in this volume offer a variety of perspectives on the impact of the West on indigenous literature, architecture, painting, and calligraphy during this period (ca.

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China’s entry into the modern era was shaped by unprecedented internal turmoil and external pressures, which brought a forceful end to two millennia of imperial rule and cultural insularity. The essays in this volume offer a variety of perspectives on the impact of the West on indigenous literature, architecture, painting, and calligraphy during this period (ca. 1860–1980). Contents: In the Name of the Real by David Der-wei Wang; Painting and the Built Environment in Late- Nineteenth-Century Shanghai by Jonathan Hay; Sketch Conceptualism as Modernist Contingency by Eugene Y. Wang; Li Keran and His Exhibition Paintings by Wan Qingli; Aesthetic Appropriation of Ancient Calligraphy in Modern China by Lothar Ledderose; From Wu Dacheng to Mao Zedong: The Transformation of Chinese Calligraphy in the Twentieth Century by Qianshen Bai; Commentaries by Richard Vinograd and Julia F. Andrews

Author Biography: Maxwell K. Hearn is Curator and Judith G. Smith is Administrator in the Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Library Journal
Published in conjunction with the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition of the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection of 19th- and 20th-century Chinese paintings, this volume explores the historical debates among leading Chinese artists concerning China's confrontation with new artistic choices at the dawn of the modern era. The essays by distinguished scholars from China, Europe, and the United States offer a variety of perspectives on the impact of the West on indigenous literature, architecture, painting, and calligraphy from 1860 to 1980. Along with the essays is a selection of 98 works chosen from 500 paintings in the collection. The selected works trace a strand in the history of modern Chinese art that includes paintings in ink and mineral- or water-soluble pigments on paper or silk, deliberately excluding works in Western media oil, charcoal, pencil, lithography, and photography. Extensively noted with a glossary, this book is a contribution to an emerging field of scholarship. Recommended for deep collections in academic and public libraries. Lucia S. Chen, NYPL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300091984
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/10/2001
Series:
Metropolitan Museum of Art Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.88(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

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