The Art of Resistance: Painting by Candlelight in Mao?s China by Shelley Drake HawksThe Art of Resistance: Painting by Candlelight in Mao?s China by Shelley Drake Hawks

The Art of Resistance: Painting by Candlelight in Mao?s China

byShelley Drake Hawks

Hardcover | November 20, 2017

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The Art of Resistance surveys the lives of seven painters?Ding Cong (1916?2009), Feng Zikai (1898?1975), Li Keran (1907?89), Li Kuchan (1898?1983), Huang Yongyu (b. 1924), Pan Tianshou (1897?1971), and Shi Lu (1919?82)?during China?s Cultural Revolution (1966?1976), a time when they were considered counterrevolutionary and were forbidden to paint. Drawing on interviews with the artists and their families and on materials collected during her visits to China, Shelley Drake Hawks examines their painting styles, political outlooks, and life experiences.

These fiercely independent artists took advantage of moments of low surveillance to secretly ?paint by candlelight.? In doing so, they created symbolically charged art that is open to multiple interpretations. The wit, courage, and compassion of these painters will inspire respect for the deep emotional and spiritual resonance of Chinese art.

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Shelley Drake Hawks teaches art history and world history at Middlesex Community College in Massachusetts.
Title:The Art of Resistance: Painting by Candlelight in Mao?s ChinaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 10.4 × 7.4 × 1.2 inPublished:November 20, 2017Publisher:University of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295741953

ISBN - 13:9780295741956

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Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments Chronology of Major Events Introduction: Painting by Candlelight in Mao?s China

Part One | Cartoonists1. Ding Cong?s True Story of the Outcast Ah Q 2. Feng Zikai Protests the Giant Hedge Cutters

Part Two | Academy Painters and a President3. Li Keran?s Luminous Path through Mountains 4. Li Kuchan?s Eagle Gazes Far 5. Huang Yongyu?s Eye Talk 6. Pan Tianshou?s Nocturne for a Plum Tree

Part Three | Communist Idealist Shi Lu7. Inside the Secret Notebook 8. At Cliff ?s Edge 9. From Trauma to Recovery

Conclusion Appendix: Poems from Shi Lu?s Secret Notebook, ca. 1973?75 Notes Glossary Bibliography Index

Editorial Reviews

These interviews are a unique and precious resource. They offer a special insight into the lives of the artists.

- Paul Clark, author of Youth Culture in China: From Red Guards to Netizens