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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520249097
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 11/20/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Xiaobing Tang is Professor of Chinese at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Chinese Modern: The Heroic and the Quotidian (2000) and Global Space and the National Discourse of Modernity: The Historical Thinking of Liang Qichao (1996).

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Table of Contents



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
Select Bibliography


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