The Reception of Chinese Art Across Cultures
The Reception of Chinese Art Across Cultures is a collection of essays examining the ways in which Chinese art has been circulated, collected, exhibited and perceived in Japan, Europe and America from the fourteenth century to the twenty-first. Scholars and curators from East Asia, Europe and North America jointly present cutting-edge research on cultural integration and aesthetic hybridisation in relation to the collecting, display, making and interpretation of Chinese art and material culture. Stimulating examples within this volume emphasise the Western understanding of Chinese pictorial art, while addressing issues concerning the consumption of Chinese art and Chinese-inspired artistic productions from early times to the contemporary period; the roles of collector, curator, museum and auction house in shaping the taste, meaning and conception of art; and the art and cultural identity of the Chinese diaspora in a global context.
This book espouses a multiplicity of aesthetic, philosophical, socio-cultural, economic and political perspectives, and encourages academics, students, art and museum practitioners to re-think their encounters with the objects, practices, people and institutions surrounding the study of Chinese art and culture in the past and the present.
Michelle Ying-ling Huang is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Visual Studies, Lingnan University in Hong Kong. Her research interests include the collecting and display of Chinese pictorial art in Europe and North America, cross-cultural art curation, the historiography of Chinese painting, Chinese aesthetics and Western modernism.
“To challenge existing hegemonies within the discipline of art history, we need not only to pay greater attention to non-Western art, but also to stop putting it in a separate conceptual box. Examining the connections between what on the surface may appear to be different artistic traditions is one way to move towards a more joined-up understanding of art history, and The Reception of Chinese Art Across Cultures helps us with that process. Bringing together case studies from a variety of different cultural contexts and time periods, it aids a nuanced understanding of Chinese art’s reception in sites that may be far from those in which it was produced.”
—Professor David Clarke, Department of Fine Arts, University of Hong Kong
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