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China: A Celebration in Art and Literatureby Jason Steuber
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A window into a world of extraordinary beauty and mystery, China: A Celebration in Art and Literature reveals the glorious 5,000-year-old history of this ancient and fascination culture. In 240 pages and more than 100 full-color images, this volume traces China through its tales and stories, plays and poetry, paintings and objects--from ancient divinations incised on bovine scapula to modern "people's literature" spawned from revolution; from Tang dynasty silk scrolls depicting sublime mountain valleys to government-commissioned propoganda posters. China incorporates text and images that are chornologically ordered in each of its eight thematic chapters:
Birth & Life
Nature & Environment
Love & Family
Mind & Memory
Food & Drink
War & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Death & Afterlife
Among the literary selections included are the famous Book of Songs, the epic Dream of Red Towers, the complex dramatic masterpiece The Romance of the Western Chamber, and works from Confucious, Laozi, Du Fu, and Su Shi.
More than 100 works of art from the ancient to the contemporary, by artists including Gu Kaizhi, Wang Hui, Lam Qua, and Li Keran. The majority of the images will be from top Asian art collections in the US: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Boston Museum of Fine Art, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, in Kansas City, The De Young in San Francisco with the rest coming from Europe (the British Museum) and China.
The unique pairings of art and literature in China will enrapture as they reveal--this anthology will inevitably grip all who enter it, be they sophisticated appreciators or eager novices of China.
Book News Annotation:
This oversized picture book (10.5x14") presents color plates, many of them full-page, of a large selection of Chinese art side-by-side with original Chinese poetry and other writings, including both ancient and contemporary examples. The artworks and writings are organized thematically, rather than chronologically, with themes that include nature and the environment, love and family, and religion and spirituality. The volume concludes with a map of China and a chronology of its dynasties. Not indexed. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
As world affairs dominate the news and nations jockey for global positions, the East and the West will face the other's deeply contrasting culture. And the Eastern horizon tips with the weight of China. China: A Celebration in Art and Literature is an aesthetic consideration of an ever-fascinating culture. From ancient divinations incised on cattle scapula to modern people's literature spawned from revolution, from Tang Dynasty silk scrolls depicting sublime mountain valleys to government-commissioned propaganda posters, this awe-inspiring volume will allow entry into the beauty, wisdom, and mystery of China. China: A Celebration in Art and Literature includes:
POETRY spanning the length of the China's poetic tradition, including selections from the famous Book of Songs, poets Yuan Haowen, Wang Wei, and the surprising verse of Mao Zedong.
LITERARY EXCERPTS from works such as the epic Red Mansion Dream, the complex dramatic masterpiece Peony Pavilion, and the troubling yet beautiful government-endorsed revolutionary literature.
MYTHS & FOLKLORE essential to the development of Chinese culture, including the Creation, the Eight Immortals, the Monkey King, and more.
MORE THAN 100 works of art from the ancient to the contemporary, by artists including Gu Kaizhi, Wang Hui, Lam Qua, and Li Keran. The majority of the images will be from top Asian art collections in the US: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Boston Museum of Fine Art, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, in Kansas City, The De Young in San Francisco with the rest coming from Europe (the British Museum) and China.
About the Author
Over the last decade, Jason Steuber has contributed to major projects related to Chinese art, including the 1999 international loan exhibition, The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology: Celebrated Discoveries from The People's Republic of China, held at the National Gallery, Washington, DC and the 2004 two-volume set New Perspectives on China's Past: Chinese Archaeology in the Twentieth Century published by Yale University Press. As a curator for the renowned Asian art collections housed at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO, he has published articles in several international journals, such as Apollo, Arts of Asia, ArtAsiaPacific, The Burlington Magazine, and Gugong Wenwu Yuekan (National Palace Museum Monthly of Chinese Art). In addition to years of university teaching experience in the United States, he was recently named the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Fellow in the Department of History of Art, Glasgow University.
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