THE CHINESE ART BOOK, £39.95
Contributors: Katie Hill, Colin Mackenzie, Jeffrey Moser and Keith Pratt
This book provides a wide-embracing introduction to the arts of China, encompassing as it does both the fine and decorative arts from the Neolithic period to the contemporary arts of today – a period of six thousand years.
Calligraphy, painting, bronzes, ceramics, jades, silks, photography, installations and performance art are all displayed in this fascinating book. Works from all periods are shown side by side, emphasising the huge cultural role China has and continues to have in the arts. It also clearly underlines how the past still influences some areas while in others the future is avidly embraced.
Each of the three hundred images has a concise text and there is also a useful glossary and timeline. Colin Mackenzie’s introduction is helpful and sets the arts in the political times in which they were created. Another useful section is the list of museums, galleries and collections.This book provides a wonderful introduction to Chinese Art and is a must read for those interested in this art.