The Art of Mu Xin


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Landscape Paintings and Prison Notes

Introduction by Alexandra Munroe; Essays by Richard M. Barnhart, Jonathan Hay, and Wu Hung


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Mu Xin (b. 1927) is one of the leading expatriate artist-intellectuals of our time. Now living in New York City, he is known for his complex writings and paintings. Clearly a formidable figure in the cultural and intellectual history of Chinese modernism, Mu Xin is admired for his unique synthesis of Chinese and Western aesthetic sensibilities. This beautifully illustrated catalogue focuses on a group of thirty-three landscape paintings that Mu Xin painted in 1978–79, in the immediate aftermath of the Great Cultural Revolution. Many of these works have never been exhibited or published in the West. In addition, the book features Mu Xin’s Prison Notes, some sixty-six calligraphic sheets that were written when the artist was in solitary confinement in China in 1972.

Distributed for the Yale University Art Gallery

Alexandra Monroe is director of the Japan Society Gallery, New York. Richard Barnhart is John M. Schiff Professor Emeritus of the History of Art, Yale University. Jonathan Hay is associate professor of art history, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Wu Hung is Distinguished Service Professor of Art History, University of Chicago. Toming Jun Liu is associate professor, English Department, California State University, Los Angeles.

“This gorgeous, large-format book leaves [Mu Xin’s] painterly skills in no doubt. . . . This is an excellent and unexpected addition to any collection on modern Asian art.”—Publishers Weekly

ISBN: 9780300090758
Publication Date: October 11, 2001
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Yale University Art Gallery
152 pages, 11 x 16
50 b/w + 40 color illus.
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