University of California Press
Origins Of The Chinese Avant-Garde: The Modern Woodcut Movement
- Publish Date: 2007-11-20
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Xiaobing Tang
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In Origins of the Chinese Avant-Garde, Xiaobing Tang studies the art and art theories of the first half of the twentieth century, when modern Chinese art and literature emerged. He argues that the most consequential expression of the avant-garde was the modern woodcut movement that thrived in China in the 1930s. In this innovative studyalso the first comprehensive account of this Chinese movement available in EnglishTang examines the aesthetic, intellectual, and social appeal of the modern woodcut and places the movement at the intersection of historical events, individual efforts, and competing discourses on art. He also shows how the woodcut movement drew upon international inspirationfrom German Expressionism, Soviet wood engravings, and Japanese creative prints.