Exhibition Catalogues

CHINA’S IMPERIAL MODERN: THE PAINTER’S CRAFT

中國畫家的技藝:帝國時代的現代性




CIM catalogue coverHow did modern ways of making paintings and prints—from mechanical reproduction to creative appropriation—emerge from the ink painter’s studio, enter the public sphere, and help shape people’s identities and lives in China during the late imperial era of the 18th and 19th centuries?

The catalogue China’s Imperial Modern: The Painter’s Craft explores these questions by considering brush-and-ink paintings from the University of Alberta Mactaggart Art Collection in the context of wood-block printed books, sketchbooks, and artist’s tools such as inkstones and inksticks. It maps the ways in which brush-and-ink painting left the domain of the educated elite to circulate in the art market, at the imperial court, and throughout what would soon become the nation of China, with an eye to how the visual pleasures, confusion, and anxieties typically associated in the West with the modern moment of the early 20th century also typify the visual culture of China’s late imperial era.

Edited by Lisa Claypool, Curator, Mactaggart Art Collection, with essays contributed by De-nin D. Lee and Nixi Cura. The catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition China’s Imperial Modern: The Painter’s Craft, on view at Gallery A, the University of Alberta Telus Centre, April 5-July 14, 2012.

159 pages, 89 colour illustrations. Includes a catalogue of inscriptions, signatures, and seals. 8 ¼ x 11 in. Softcover. $40.00 (includes GST).

Catalogue may be purchased at the following locations:

  • University of Alberta Bookstore (main), 166 Students' Union Building, 8900 - 114 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. General Book Inquiries: order.desk@ualberta.ca | 780.492.0264 (T)  1.888.933.9133 (toll free) | www.bookstore.ualberta.ca 
  • University of Alberta Museums, Ring House #1, University of Alberta. Method of payment: cash/credit and carry. museums@ualberta.ca | 780.492.5834 (T)