A Companion to Chinese Art

Editors: Powers, Martin J. and Tsiang, Katherine R.
Publication Year: 2015
Publisher: Wiley

Single-User Purchase Price: $195.00
Unlimited-User Purchase Price: $292.50
ISBN: 978-1-44-433913-0
Category: Arts & Leisure - Art & Art History
Image Count: 88
Book Status: Available
Table of Contents

Exploring the history of art in China from its earliest incarnations to the present day, this comprehensive volume includes newly-commissioned essays spanning the theories, genres, and media central to Chinese art and theory throughout its history.

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Table of Contents

  • List of Figures
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Introduction
  • Historiographic Perspective
  • Overview of the Chapters
  • Part I Production and Distribution
  • 1 Court Painting
  • The Artistic Success of Song Court Painting
  • The Political Context of Court Paintings
  • Remaining Issues
  • Further Exploration
  • Chinese Terms
  • 2 The Culture of Art Collecting in Imperial China
  • Introduction
  • The Formation and Geographical Distribution of Private Art Collections
  • Demography
  • The Issue of Ya versus Su
  • Connoisseurship and Connoisseurs
  • Art Collection Catalogs
  • Art Market, Art Dealers, Art Prices, Forgeries, and Related Phenomena
  • Conclusion
  • Chinese Terms
  • 3 Art, Print, and Cultural Discourse in Early Modern China
  • Invention and Innovation
  • Books and Social Climbing
  • Painting Albums and Manuals
  • The Cultural Matrix of Early Modern China
  • Chinese Terms
  • 4 Art and Early Chinese Archaeological Materials
  • Highlights of the Development of Early Tombs and Associated Studies
  • Archaeological and Theoretical Readings
  • Chinese Terms
  • Part II Representation and Reality
  • 5 Figure Painting: Fragments of the Precious Mirror
  • Lessons from the Admonitions
  • Scoping the Genre
  • The Body
  • Why Ink Outline?
  • Conclusion: Reflections on the Narratives of Figure Painting
  • Chinese Terms
  • 6 The Language of Portraiture in China
  • Introduction
  • Historical Development and the Emergence of Types
  • Critical Issues in the Art of Chinese Portraiture
  • Terminology and Typology
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chinese Terms
  • 7 Visualizing the Divine in Medieval China
  • Introduction
  • Figures of Divine Presence
  • Sacred Spaces and Divine Cosmologies
  • Landscape as Sacred Geography
  • Conclusion
  • Chinese Terms
  • 8 Landscape
  • Bibliographical Note
  • Chinese Terms
  • 9 Concepts of Architectural Space in Historical Chinese Thought
  • Chinese Terms
  • 10 Time in Early Chinese Art
  • Why Time in Chinese Art?
  • Mechanism of Cyclical Time
  • Art as Manipulation of Time
  • Time and Alchemy
  • Reconciling Cyclicality and Linearity
  • Chinese Terms
  • Part III Theories and Terms
  • 11 The Art of “Ritual Artifacts” (Liqi): Discourse and Practice
  • Eastern Zhou Discourse on Liqi
  • The Age of Liqi
  • The Legacy of Ritual Artifacts
  • Chinese Terms
  • 12 Classification, Canon, and Genre
  • Introduction
  • Key Terms
  • Canons and Canonicity
  • Genre, Theory, and History
  • Chinese Terms
  • 13 Conceptual and Qualitative Terms in Historical Perspective
  • Gu Kaizhi on Xing and Shen
  • Shen Applied to Landscape Painting
  • Key Terms in Xie He's Six Laws
  • Five Dynasties and Song Period Developments
  • Zhen and Yi
  • Concepts in “Literati Painting”
  • “Poetic Mood” in Painting
  • Chinese Terms
  • 14 Imitation and Originality, Theory and Practice
  • Introduction
  • The Canonization of Wang Xizhi's Preface to the Poems from the Orchid Pavilion Literary Gathering
  • Fang Imitation and Dong Qichang's Southern School of Painting
  • Chinese Terms
  • 15 Calligraphy
  • Institutional Foundations of Chinese Calligraphy
  • Social Functions and the Material Dimension of Calligraphy
  • Canons and Daily Practice (Rike)
  • Text, Script Type, and Personal Style
  • Chinese Terms
  • 16 Emptiness-Substance: Xushi
  • Xu and Shi in the Art of the Chinese Literary Garden
  • Xu and Shi in Seal Engraving
  • Xu and Shi in Chinese Calligraphy and Literati Painting
  • Chinese Terms
  • Part IV Objects and Persons
  • 17 Artistic Status and Social Agency
  • The Zhou Dynasty and Warring States Period (Eleventh through Third Centuries bce)
  • The Han Dynasty
  • Medieval Period (Third through Tenth Centuries ce)
  • Early Modern Period: Song Dynasty (960–1278)
  • Concluding Thoughts on the Late, Early Modern Period (Fourteenth through Eighteenth Centuries)
  • Conclusion
  • Chinese Terms
  • 18 Ornament in China
  • Definitions and Traits
  • Early China, ca. 5000–221 bce
  • The Early Empires and Their Successors (221 bce–906 ce)
  • From Song to Qing
  • Chinese Terms
  • 19 Folding Fans and Early Modern Mirrors
  • Origins and Originality: Ancient Mirrors
  • Origins and Originality: Ancient Fans
  • Early Modern Things: Mirrors
  • Early Modern Things: Folding Fans
  • Material Change and the Social Death of Things
  • Chinese Terms
  • 20 Garden Art
  • The Rise of Garden Form: Bronze Age to Han
  • The Formation of a Genre: Six Dynasties Period to Tang
  • The Development of Landscape Gardening: Song to Ming
  • The Turn to a Pictorial Esthetic: Ming to Qing
  • Gardens as Lyrical Enclaves
  • Chinese Gardens in the Context of a World History of Gardens
  • Chinese Terms
  • 21 Commercial Advertising Art in 1840–1940s “China”
  • Commercial Cartoon Genre and the Cliché Mise-en-Scène of the Gazing Girl
  • Badiou and Inaesthetics
  • What is the Historicity of Commercial Advertising Art?
  • Advertising and Art Photography
  • Conclusion
  • Chinese Terms
  • Part V Word and Image
  • 22 Words in Chinese Painting
  • Beginnings: Identifying, Labeling, Naming
  • Calligraphy and Poetry as Key Factors in the Word–Image Relationship
  • The Northern Song (960–1127) Integration of Poetry, Calligraphy, and Painting
  • Painting Became a Vehicle for Expressions of Discontent
  • Southern Song (1127–1272)
  • Seal Legends
  • Comparisons with Western Europe
  • The Mongol Yuan Dynasty (1272–1368)
  • Ming Dynasty: The Literati Esthetic Becomes Dominant
  • The Manchu Qing Dynasty (1644–1911)
  • Silent Poetry and Vernacular Painting
  • Conclusion
  • Chinese Terms
  • 23 On the Origins of Literati Painting in the Song Dynasty
  • Paintings by Literati and “Literati Painting”
  • If Not Khubilai, Then What, When, Why?
  • “Literati Painting”: How to Think about What We Do and Do Not Know
  • Chinese Terms
  • 24 Poetry and Pictorial Expression in Chinese Painting
  • Gu Kaizhi (ca. 345–ca. 406)
  • Guo Xi (after 1000–ca. 1090) and Huayi (The Meaning of Painting)
  • Xieyi and Shiyi
  • The Shiyi of Sima Huai and Mi Youren
  • Conclusion
  • Chinese Terms
  • 25 Popular Literature and Visual Culture in Early Modern China
  • Peeping in the Classical Period
  • The Topos of Peeping in Medieval and Early Modern Literature
  • Framed Peeping and Garden Aesthetics
  • Epilogue
  • Chinese Terms