The Chinese Art Book

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The Chinese Art Book is a beautifully presented, authoritative and unprecedented overview of Chinese art. The book examines the art of the oldest continuous civilization on Earth through 300 works, from the (earliest dynasties) Neolithic period to the new generation of contemporary artists enlivening the global art world today. Every form of Chinese visual art is featured - including painting, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramics, figurines, jades, bronzes, gold and silver, photography, video, installation and performance art. Concise descriptive essays place each work in context, and cross-references lead the reader on a fascinating journey through Chinese art history. The Chinese Art Book features an introductory essay by Colin Mackenzie, Senior Curator of Chinese Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, an accessible summary of Chinese political and cultural history, a comprehensive glossary defining technical terms, and an illustrated timeline. Full of surprises for the reader new to Chinese art as well as for specialists, the book breaks new ground by pairing works that speak to one another in unexpected ways, enlightening historical, stylistic and cultural connections. Currently, the market for Chinese art is one of the hottest and fastest growing in the world. The Chinese Art Book is the book that the global art community has been waiting for.

2. 古筝 (gǔ zhēng) - Chinese Zither Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan (Unique Literary Books of the World) by Yang Jwing-Ming Chinese Martial Arts, Dr Jwing-Ming Yang PH.D.

Rarely seen nowadays in Chinese martial arts is the practice of a 2-handed Long Straight Sword. In this book, I've translated the Straight Sword ... The art form has evolved since its initial introduction to the city: several artists are now opting to use Chinese characters rather than the Roman alphabet, and note how China's aesthetic traditions and the difference in locally available materials have shaped their own styles over time. Chinese art is visual art that, whether ancient or modern, originated in or is practiced in China or by Chinese artists.