Poetry of Sculpture, The

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"A renowned sculptor from China, Professor Wu Weishan stands out in China's art arena - indeed, in the entire cultural fraternity - with his unique sculpting styles and original theoretical views. His series of creative works that feature China's historical and cultural celebrities showcase his freehand sculpting technique and his concept of the "eight major styles of Chinese sculpture", which directly challenge the phenomenon of contemporary art steeped so heavily in values derived from Western popular art and Russian realism." This book
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Overview

"A renowned sculptor from China, Professor Wu Weishan stands out in China's art arena - indeed, in the entire cultural fraternity - with his unique sculpting styles and original theoretical views. His series of creative works that feature China's historical and cultural celebrities showcase his freehand sculpting technique and his concept of the "eight major styles of Chinese sculpture", which directly challenge the phenomenon of contemporary art steeped so heavily in values derived from Western popular art and Russian realism." This book documents the different stages of Wu Weishan's pursuits, struggles, and creations. It records his dealings with eminent figures in the science, cultural, and art arenas, such as Yang Zhenning, Ji Xianlin, Wu Guanzhong, and Xiong Bingming. His art notes, excerpts from his theoretical essays, and images of some selected sculptures are also included. From here, readers can get a glimpse of an artist's inner world during his growing years - how he devoutly approached life and art against the backdrop of contemporary society and culture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789812790071
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Pages: 351
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Yang Zhenning Yang, Zhenning

1 Father and His Poems 7

2 Spiritual Sketches 15

3 Picking Up Treasures from Old Bookstalls 25

4 The Country of Tulips 27

5 Pursuing Dreams in Paris 45

6 Crossing the Pacific 53

7 Full Moon in Britain 71

8 The Season of Cherry Blossoms 95

9 Boisterous Hong Kong 107

1 Extraordinary Character 127

2 Talking about Form and Spirit with Pride and Exultance 137

3 A Name Remembered throughout Generations 143

4 A Devoted Ox of Chinese Culture 151

5 An Oriental Old Sage 171

6 Making a Sculpture of Lin Sanzhi Six Times 175

7 The Humour of a Master Mathematician 183

8 Sculpting Confucius Using Ancient Methods 187

9 An Instant of a Peasant-Scientist 189

10 The Form of Old Man Shanyuan 192

11 Sculpting the Confident and Deep Xiao Xian 195

12 The Soul of Similarity and Dissimilarity 197

13 A Minute Detail 199

14 Sculpting Wu Zuoren 201

15 Sculptures of Cultural Notables 203

1 The Theory of Freehand Sculpting (Excerpt) 225

2 My Views on the Characteristics and Styles of Chinese Sculptural Art 230

3 Sculpting the Spirit of the Times 245

4 The Soul of Western Han Dynasty 253

5 Free Discussion on Sculpture 260

6 Free Discussion on Sculpture 263

7 Free Discussion on Sculpture 267

8 From Clay to Bronze 269

9 The Primitive Spirit in Modern Sculpture 273

10 The Poetry of Sculpture 283

11 Tradition and Innovation 305

12 Pictures of Freehand Sculptures 325

Appendix: A Collection of Comments and Short Reviews

Boutros Boutros-Ghali: Former Secretary-General of the United Nations 334

Johannes Rau: Former President of Germany 335

Jiang Shusheng: Chairman of Central Committee of ChinaDemocratic League and Former President of Nanjing University 339

Jin Shangyi: Chairman of China Artists Association and Painter 340

Fan Di'an: Director of the National Art Museum of China and Art Critic 342

Wang Wenzhang: President of the China Art Academy 344

Yuan Yunpu: Professor of Qinghua University and Artist 346

Shao Dazhen: Professor of China Central Academy of Fine Arts and Art Critic 347

About Wu Weishan 348

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