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A companion to Chinese art

A companion to Chinese art

Powers, Martin Joseph, 1949- editor; Tsiang, Katherine R., editor

'A Companion to Chinese Art' explores one of the world's greatest and richest artistic traditions. Including over two dozen newly-commissioned essays written by an international team of scholars from East and West, it examines the multi-faceted theories, genres, and media central to Chinese art throughout its history. Exploring the history of art in China from its earliestincarnations to the present day, this comprehensive volume includestwo dozen newly-commissioned essays spanning the theories, genres,and media central to Chinese art and theory throughout itshistory.Provides an exceptional collection of essays promoting acomparative understanding of China's long record of culturalproduction Brings together an international team of scholars from East andWest, whose contributions range from an overview of pre-moderntheory, to those exploring calligraphy, fine painting, sculpture,accessories, and more Articulates the direction in which the field of Chinese arthistory is moving, as well as providing a roadmap for historiansinterested in comparative study or theory Proposes new and revisionist interpretations of the literatitradition, which has long been an important staple of Chinese arthistory Offers a rich insight into China's social and politicalinstitutions, religious and cultural practices, and intellectualtraditions, alongside Chinese art history, theory, andcriticism

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Published Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2015
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Martin J. Powers & Katherine R. Tsiang
ISBN: 1118885198, 9781118885192
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Formerly CIP.
Physical Description: 1 volume
Series: Blackwell companions to art history
Subject: Art and Design; China; Art, Chinese.; History of art
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Blackwell companions to art history.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781444339130


  1. List of Figures xi
  2. Notes on Contributors xv
  3. Introduction 1Martin J. Powers and Katherine R. Tsiang
  4. Part I Production and Distribution
  5. 1 Court Painting 29Patricia Ebrey
  6. 2 The Culture of Art Collecting in Imperial China 47Scarlett Jang
  7. 3 Art, Print, and Cultural Discourse in Early Modern China 73J. P. Park
  8. 4 Art and Early Chinese Archaeological Materials 91Xiaoneng Yang
  9. Part II Representation and Reality
  10. 5 Figure Painting: Fragments of the Precious Mirror 115Shane McCausland
  11. 6 The Language of Portraiture in China 136Dora C. Y. Ching
  12. 7 Visualizing the Divine in Medieval China 158Katherine R. Tsiang
  13. 8 Landscape 177Peter C. Sturman
  14. 9 Concepts of Architectural Space in Historical Chinese Thought 195Cary Y. Liu
  15. 10 Time in Early Chinese Art 212Eugene Y. Wang
  16. Part III Theories and Terms
  17. 11 The Art of “Ritual Artifacts” (Liqi): Discourse and Practice 235Wu Hung
  18. 12 Classification, Canon, and Genre 254Richard Vinograd
  19. 13 Conceptual and Qualitative Terms in Historical Perspective 277Ronald Egan
  20. 14 Imitation and Originality, Theory and Practice 293Ginger Cheng-chi Hs¨u
  21. 15 Calligraphy 312Qianshen Bai
  22. 16 Emptiness-Substance: Xushi 329Jason C. Kuo
  23. Part IV Objects and Persons
  24. 17 Artistic Status and Social Agency 351Martin J. Powers
  25. 18 Ornament in China 371Jessica Rawson
  26. 19 Folding Fans and Early Modern Mirrors 392Antonia Finnane
  27. 20 Garden Art 410Xin Wu
  28. 21 Commercial Advertising Art in 1840–1940s “China” 431Tani E. Barlow
  29. Part V Word and Image
  30. 22 Words in Chinese Painting 457Alfreda Murck
  31. 23 On the Origins of Literati Painting in the Song Dynasty 474Jerome Silbergeld
  32. 24 Poetry and Pictorial Expression in Chinese Painting 499Susan Bush
  33. 25 Popular Literature and Visual Culture in Early Modern China 517Jianhua Chen
  34. Index

Author note

Martin J. Powers is Sally Michelson Davidson Professor of Chinese Arts and Cultures at the University of Michigan, USA, and former director of the Center for Chinese Studies. His publications Art and Political Expression in Early China (1991) and Pattern and Person: Ornament, Society, and Self in Classical China (2006) have both received the Levenson Prize for the best books in pre-twentieth century Chinese Studies.

Katherine R. Tsiang is Associate Director of the Center for the Art of East Asia in the Department of Art History, University of Chicago, USA, where she coordinates research materials and programs. Her research is concentrated in the fields of Chinese Buddhist art and Chinese medieval art and visual culture. Her work includes using new technology for digital imaging and reconstruction of Chinese Buddhist caves and she is curator and author of the catalog of the exhibition "Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan" (2010).

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A Companion to Chinese Art provides a contemporary survey of one of the world’s greatest and richest artistic traditions. Including over two dozen newly-commissioned essays, it examines this region’s art and theory in all of its multifaceted complexity—spanning the theories, genres, and media central to Chinese art throughout its history.

The volume offers a rich insight into China’s social and political institutions, religious practices, and intellectual traditions alongside Chinese art history, theory, and criticism. It brings together an international team of scholars from East and West, whose contributions range from an overview of premodern theory, to those exploring calligraphy, fine painting, sculpture, personal accessories, and more. In addition, the Companion reflects on social and cultural issues, such as the challenges of comparative history, the role of the artist in society, the contested role of gender in art production, different theories of nature that have evolved over time, and articulates the direction in which the field of Chinese art history is moving. In promoting a comparative understanding of China’s long record of cultural production, this volume provides students and scholars of both Asian and non-Asian art history with an exceptional guide to the history of art in China, from its earliest incarnations to the present day.