Monumental Landscapes of Li Huayi

Monumental Landscapes of Li Huayi

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Monumental Landscapes of Li Huayi by Michael Knight, Li Huayi

This collection of Chinese landscape paintings profiles the work of prolific artist, Li Huayi—one of the most influential Chinese painters of the 20th century.

Some view contemporary art and traditional art as alien entities facing each other across an unbridgeable divide. But what does it mean to be a "contemporary artist"? Is it possible to be contemporary while working in a traditional manner? These questions as they relate to the contemporary scene in China are explored in this catalogue of a special exhibition featuring 34 large-scale paintings by Li Huayi, an artist born and raised in China, and currently residing in Shanghai and San Francisco.

Many of the works in this exhibition could, on first view, be mistaken for traditional Chinese paintings such as those from the Northern Song dynasty (960-1126). On closer inspection, however, the viewer discovers the technical innovations and personal expression that the artist has brought to this tradition. For Li Huayi is expressly not an artist who is seeking to imitate or reproduce works from the past but rather one who uses tradition to create new works that speak to our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780939117260
Publisher: Asian Art Museum
Publication date: 05/28/2008
Edition description: Paperback with Flaps
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 903,649
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 11.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Michael Knight, Senior Curator of Chinese Art and Deputy Director for Strategic Programs and Partnerships at the Asian Art Museum, is author or co-author of many books, including Power and Glory: Court Arts of China's Ming Dynasty, Later Chinese Jades: Ming DynastyuEarly Twentieth Century, and The Monumental Landscapes of Li Huayi.

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