Monday, April 25, 2011

Books on Chinese Art

This is a selection of books on Chinese art:

Confucius His Life and Legacy in Art by Lu Wensheng and Julia K. Murray. A landmark exhibition on the extraordinary philosopher, statesman and teacher known as Confucius (551- 479 BC) is on view at China Institute Gallery from February 11 through June 13, 2010. Confucius is one of the most influential teachers in history, and his teachings are deeply rooted in Chinese life and thought. Yet, aside from his famous philosophy, little is known in the West about this teacher's life. Confucius: His Life and Legacy in Art focuses on the teachings and continuing influence of Confucius, who has become increasingly synonymous with Chinese culture. This exhibition is the first show in the US to explore the culture of Confucius. Accompanying the exhibition, a fully-illustrated scholarly catalogue presents an extensive collection of works from the world of Confucius and his ennobled descendants, including hanging scrolls, album leaves, bronze vessels, stone carvings, jade ceremonial implements, wood-block prints and textiles. The works are on loan for the first time in the US from the Shandong Provincial Museum in Jinan and the Confucius Museum in his hometown of Qufu. The catalogue incorporates images and artifacts that illuminate Confucius as an historical figure and how he has been venerated for the past 2,000 years.

The Bei Shan Tang Legacy: Gifts of Chinese Art edited by Peter Lam. The Bei Shan Tang collection, the personal collection of Chinese art of JS Lee was very comprehensive - ranging from painting, calligraphy, ink rubbings, jade, ceramics, to sculpture, scholar objects, bamboo carvings, seals and bronzes. This catalogue was published to accompany the large scale tribute exhibition "Bei Shan Tang Legacy: Gifts of Chinese Art" organized by the Chinese University of Hong Kong Art Museum, introducing the creams of the Bei Shan Tang gifts to the Museum over the years. The 113 selected gifts of Chinese art are sorted by categories: epigraphy, rubbings, calligraphy, painting, bronze and jade, ceramics, and others; with detailed descriptions in Chinese and English, and illustrated in colour plates.

New China New Art by Richard Vine. Contemporary Chinese art has exploded onto the international scene, attracting intense critical attention and soaring market responses. Here for the first time in a medium-by-medium critical survey, Richard Vine, a leading authority on the new Chinese art, provides an insider's introduction to this vitally important artistic field. With index of names.

Chinese Art by Wu Heng. This is a collection of essays introducing major aspects of Chinese culture and customs, including pointing, calligraphy, music, Chinese opera, customs of marriage and traditional festivities. With colour photographs. Bilingual in English and Chinese.

Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City by Nancy Berliner. This account with some 300 illustrations of the Qianlong Garden in Beijing's Forbidden City (Palace Museum) is published to complement the ongoing exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum. Ninety artefacts which have never before left Beijing are illustrated. These include screens, furnishings and paintings chosen by or for the Emperor who ruled 1732-95. There are illustrated articles on: the Garden and on other gardens of the Emperor Qianlong; timelines; the work and plans of the World Monuments Fund; on the surviving records and Coda; a glossary and translation guide; a catalogue of the exhibition; bibliography and index.

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