Art and Artists of Twentieth-Century China

ISBN-10: 0520075560
ISBN-13: 9780520075566
Edition: 1996
Authors: Michael Sullivan
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Book details

List price: $99.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/15/1996
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 386
Size: 9.75" wide x 12.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 6.402
Language: English

This visually stunning book focuses on the rebirth of Chinese art in the twentieth century under the influence of Western art and culture. Michael Sullivan, recognized throughout the world as a leading scholar of Chinese art, vividly documents the conflicting pulls of traditional and Western values on Chinese art and provides 364 illustrations, in color and black-and-white, to show the great range of artistic expression and the historical processes that occurred within various movements. A substantial biographical index of twentieth-century Chinese artists is a valuable addition to the text. Sullivan discusses artists and their work against China's background of oppression and relaxation, despair and hope. He expertly conveys the diverse and at times bizarre intertwining of Chinese cultural history and art during this century. Included are the intense debates between traditionalists and reformers, the creation of the first art schools, and the birth of the idea--shocking in ethnocentric China--that art is a world language that obliterates all frontiers. The scholarly traditions of classical Chinese painting, the belated discovery of Western modernism, the artistic upheaval under Communism, and China's rethinking of the very nature of art all have a place in Sullivan's fascinating history. Michael Sullivan has known many of the major figures in China's modern art movement of the 1930s and 1940s and has also gained the confidence of younger artists who rose to prominence following the 1979 "Peking Spring." This long-awaited book--richly documented and abundantly illustrated--is a capstone to Sullivan's work and will be enthusiastically welcomed by art lovers everywhere.

List of Illustrations
Foreword and Acknowledgments
1900-1937: The Impact of the West
Traditional Painting
The Revolution in Chinese Art
The Call of the West
Centers of Modern Art
The Lingnan School
The New Art Movement
Leading Masters between the Wars
The Woodcut Movement
1937-1949: War and Civil War
The Flight to the West
From Peace to Liberation
Cartoon and Caricature
Liberation
Art for Society
Art from the People: Peasants and Workers
The Cultural Revolution
Other Currents
Sculpture
Modern Graphics
Art in Taiwan
Art in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia
Expatriate Artists: World War II and After
After Mao: Art Enters a New Era
Winter Gives Way to Spring
The 1980s: New Directions
Guohua Reborn Again
The New Wave
Tiananmen and Beyond
Notes
Biographical Index
Selected Bibliography
Index

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