A Story of Ruins: Presence and Absence in Chinese Art and Visual Culture by Hung WuA Story of Ruins: Presence and Absence in Chinese Art and Visual Culture by Hung Wu

A Story of Ruins: Presence and Absence in Chinese Art and Visual Culture

byHung Wu

Hardcover | July 22, 2012

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This richly illustrated book examines the changing significance of ruins as vehicles for cultural memory in Chinese art and visual culture from ancient times to the present. Leading scholar of Chinese art Wu Hung shows how the story of ruins in China is different from but connected to "ruin culture" in the West. He investigates indigenous Chinese concepts of ruins and their visual manifestations, as well as the complex historical interactions between China and the West since the eighteenth century.

Analyzing a broad variety of traditional and contemporary visual materials, including painting, architecture, photography, prints, and cinema, Wu also embraces a wide variety of subjects--from indigenous methods of recording damage and decay in ancient China, to realistic images of architectural ruins in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, to the strong interest in urban ruins in contemporary China, as shown in the many artworks that depict demolished houses and decaying industrial sites. The result is an original interpretation of the development of Chinese art, as well as a unique contribution to global art history.

Wu Hung is the Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor in Chinese Art History and director of the Center for the Art of East Asia, both at the University of Chicago. He is the author of many books, including, most recently, The Art of the Yellow Springs: Understanding Chinese Tombs and Remaking Beijing: Tiananmen Squar...
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Title:A Story of Ruins: Presence and Absence in Chinese Art and Visual CultureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:296 pagesPublished:July 22, 2012Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:069115502X

ISBN - 13:9780691155029

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"Emphasizing the interconnection of East and West, this is a landmark book in the study of global art. Unprecedentedly ambitious, it covers all at once chinoiserie in the West and the arts of imperial, republican, and communist China. The arguments, supported with rich evidence, are original, sophisticated, and free of jargon but full of theoretical insights. With its unusual breadth and depth, A Story of Ruins should appeal to a very wide audience."-Lillian Lan-ying Tseng, New York University