Return to Painting

Return to Painting

by Gao Xingjian
     
 

"Painting starts where words fail or are inadequate in expressing what one wants to express." — Gao Xingjian, Harvard University Gazette

In December 2000, Gao Xingjian became the first Chinese-language writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. In addition to having produced an impressive body of work in several genres —

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"Painting starts where words fail or are inadequate in expressing what one wants to express." — Gao Xingjian, Harvard University Gazette

In December 2000, Gao Xingjian became the first Chinese-language writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. In addition to having produced an impressive body of work in several genres — fiction, plays, and essays — this prolific artist has also distinguished himself as a painter.

A collection of more than a hundred paintings, Return to Painting was first published in France for a major exhibition of his work in Avignon. The paintings — India ink on rice paper — span the artist's career from the 1960s until the present day. This book also includes an important essay by Gao, who is considered an artistic innovator in his native China, both in the visual arts and in literature.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Xingjian, recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize in Literature, regards ideology of any shade with suspicion. A former laborer in the Chinese Cultural Revolution and a banned playwright in his native land, Xingjian eschews "movements," both political and artistic. The Zen-infused companion essay to his career-spanning collection of ink paintings is a meditation-"Ceci n'est pas un manifeste artistique," he insists-on the inability of language to translate image, and a celebration of the creative process as a purely physical and intuitive act. With a deft brush, Xingjian fuses not only abstract and figurative imagery but East and West, employing the flatness of traditional Chinese ink drawing on rice paper and Western techniques of creating spatial illusion. Calligraphic figures, lone or grouped, bespeak solitary dislocation; ink-blot birds ring Xingjian's luminous landscapes, whether fog-bound, snow-banked, or utterly barren. Aspiring artists and readers of his novels Soul Mountain and One Man's Bible will welcome the visual insights from this philosophical anti-philosopher. Over 100 b&w reproductions. (Sept.) STANLEY KUBRICK: A Life in Pictures Christiane Kubrick, foreword by Steven Spielberg. Bulfinch, $40 (192p) ISBN 0821228153 The creator of some of cinema's most indelible and disturbing imagery, Kubrick (1928-1999) emerges as an arresting visual in his own right in this oversized book of photographs. It is, according to his widow, Christiane, a "family album" of pictures; it spans Kubrick's life from his Bronx childhood to his career directing such classics as Dr. Strangelove and 2001: A Space Odyssey. In these mostly black-and-white photos of candid moments (many taken on his movie sets), Kubrick's heavy-lidded gaze ages from brooding intensity to owlish rumination. But the bland captions by Christiane, eager to "correct the mistaken view of Stanley as some sort of isolationist misanthrope," will leave readers essentially in the dark about Kubrick the artist. She writes of his love for chess and cats and of his perpetually rumpled wardrobe, but offers little in the way of juicy back-stage gossip or insights into his directorial methods and the auteurist philosophy that estranged him from Hollywood. Still, the many pictures of Kubrick working on sets and camera angles and the sampling of his early work as a still photographer for Look magazine will appeal to Kubrick's considerable fans and perhaps as well to film buffs looking for clues to the development of his revolutionary aesthetic. (Sept. 20) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060513542
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Series:
Harper Perennial
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.95(w) x 11.78(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

Gao Xingjian (whose name is pronounced gow shing-jen) is the first Chinese recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in 1940 in Jiangxi province in eastern China, he has lived in France since 1987. Gao Xingjian is an artistic innovator, in both the visual arts and literature. He is that rare multitalented artist who excels as novelist, playwright, essayist, director, and painter. In addition to Soul Mountain and One Man's Bible, a book of his plays, The Other Shore, and a volume of his paintings, Return to Painting, have been published in the United States.

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