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The Chinese Art Book

written by Colin Mackenzie

Phaidon Press | ISBN 9780714865751

Hardback – 352 pages

$69.95

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Following in the footsteps of The Art Book and The Fashion Book comes Phaidon's latest offering to the range. The Chinese Art Book is a handsome publication including some 300 works from the Neolithic era to the present.

The book does not rely on chronology to tell the story; rather the works are placed in contrast to create fascinating combinations with concise text which place each work in context. There is, however an illustrated time line at the back to place the works in their place in history. The book takes on telling the story of China in a visual perspective, not an easy task, but it works tremendously well as it is accessible to people with a general interest, but also will prove a great resource to those far more versed in this ancient & constantly changing culture.

By Maryanne Marsh

The Chinese Art Book is a beautifully packaged, authoritative, and unprecedented overview of Chinese art from its earliest dynasties to the contemporary generation of artists enlivening today's art world. 300 works represent every form of Chinese visual art, including painting, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramics, figurines, jade, bronze, gold and silver, photography, video, installation, and performance art.

Full of surprises for readers of all levels, The Chinese Art Book breaks new ground by pairing works that speak to one another in unexpected ways, enlightening historical, stylistic and cultural connections. Concise descriptive essays place each work in context, while 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-Akins Museum of Art, along with an accessible summary of Chinese political and cultural history, a comprehensive glossary defining technical terms, and an illustrated timeline.

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