Chinese Art & Culture

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Abrams, 2001 - Arts, Chinese - 440 pages
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Lucid, authoritative, written with verve by two respected American scholars, this generously illustrated work provides an introduction to more than 7,000 years of Chinese art -- from the pottery-making and jade-carving cultures of the Neolithic Age to contemporary Chinese artists working in video, installation, and performance media.

By placing the arts in context -- in active engagement with societies, economies, and wider fields of culture -- the authors of this much-needed general survey introduce a dynamic and continually evolving tradition rather than a sequence of isolated museum masterpieces. Although the story of Chinese art unfolds chronologically, the authors introduce relevant themes for each era that will deepen the reader's understanding of and appreciation for what they describe as arguably "the most abundantly productive, continuous artistic culture in the history of the world".

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Telling the story of Chinese art in the context of Chinese history and culture, Thorp (history and archaeology, Washington Univ.) and Vinograd (art history, Stanford Univ.) give this handsomely ... Read full review


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Thorp, a leading authority on early Chinese art, is Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis.

Vinograd, Chair of the department of Art and Art History at Stanford University since 1995, is a highly regarded scholar of later Chinese Art.

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