Sunday, June 27, 2010

Books on Wu Guanzhong

China’s most celebrated artist Wu Guanzhong (1919-2010) passed away last Friday (June 25, 2010). The internationally acclaimed artist went to France to study Western painting in 1947, before returning to teach at the Central Academy of Art in Beijing. He was appointed a Professor at the Central Institute of Arts and Crafts, Beijing in 1964 and remained there until 1979.

These are several of our books on Wu Guanzhong’s art:

An Unbroken Line: The Wu Guanzhong Donation Collection. In 2008, Wu Guanzhong donated 113 of his artworks to the Singapore Art Museum. Their 2009 exhibition and this volume celebrate Wu's art, life, and achievements. Essays on Wu's art and often-frustrated career and on his relations with Singapore introduce 115 reproductions of his paintings and calligraphy. Provenance details and an informative commentary accompany each painting. With biographical timeline and recent photographs. Bilingual in Chinese.

Shore To Shore: Wu Guanzhong Retrospective by Jia Fangzhou. This catalogue accompanied the 2003/4 inaugural exhibition of Singapore's private museum Art Retreat. "Shore to Shore", a retrospective of the work of Wu Guanzhong, exhibited Wu's paintings in watercolour, oils and ink done over the years in China and overseas. The catalogue presents an introductory essay, 40 colour plates and the artist's biodata. Bilingual in Chinese.

Wu Guanzhong: Connoisseurs' Choice (Volume I & II). This beautiful two-volume set brings together some of Wu Guanzhong's best works from over the years.

Paranoma By Wu Guanzhong. Tri-lingual in English, Chinese and Malay.

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