Origins of the Chinese Avant-Garde: The Modern Woodcut Movement / Edition 1

Origins of the Chinese Avant-Garde: The Modern Woodcut Movement / Edition 1

by Xiaobing Tang
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520249097

ISBN-13: 9780520249097

Pub. Date: 11/20/2007

Publisher: University of California Press


In Origins of the Chinese Avant-Garde, Xiaobing Tang studies the art and art theories of the first half of the twentieth century, when modern Chinese art and literature emerged. He argues that the most consequential expression of the avant-garde was the modern woodcut movement that thrived in China in the 1930s. In this innovative study—also the first

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In Origins of the Chinese Avant-Garde, Xiaobing Tang studies the art and art theories of the first half of the twentieth century, when modern Chinese art and literature emerged. He argues that the most consequential expression of the avant-garde was the modern woodcut movement that thrived in China in the 1930s. In this innovative study—also the first comprehensive account of this Chinese movement available in English—Tang examines the aesthetic, intellectual, and social appeal of the modern woodcut and places the movement at the intersection of historical events, individual efforts, and competing discourses on art. He also shows how the woodcut movement drew upon international inspiration—from German Expressionism, Soviet wood engravings, and Japanese creative prints.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520249097
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/20/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.88(d)

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Introduction

1 The Beautiful Object of Art
For an Aesthetic Education
Echoes of a New Calling
In Pursuit of an Art Movement
2 Art Theory as Passionate Discourse on Subjectivity
The Expressionist Imperative
In the Whirlpool of Revolution
To Represent an Epoch
3 The New Art Movement and Its Field of Vision
An Aesthetic of Vigor
Art and Its Discontent
Seeing in Black and White
4 The Making of the Avant-Garde
From the Ashes of the First Shanghai War
1933: Hangzhou and Beiping
A Visual Esperanto
5 The Avant-Garde and the National Imaginary
For a Public Art of the Nation
Guangzhou as Epicenter
Farewell, Shanghai

Conclusion: The Origins of Roar, China! On Vision and Voice in Modern Chinese Art
Notes
Glossary
Select Bibliography
Illustrations
Index

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