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Yesterday and Today: Visions of China’s Art and Culture

September 2, 2010

by Shari A. Salisbury, Bibliographer for History and Art & Art History.

In conjunction with the UTSA Art Gallery’s opening of the new art exhibition, “Images Speak to the World: Today’s China,” UTSA Libraries’ Special Collections Department is hosting an exhibit of books from the rare books collection as well as the circulating collection.

The art exhibition, brought here by the University of Texas at San Antonio Department of Art and Art History and the Confucius Institute at UTSA, runs from September 1-October 10 at the UTSA Art Gallery and features renowned artists from the China Photographers Association.

The books and accompanying materials included in the UTSA Libraries’ exhibit echo the focus of the 76 photographs in the art exhibition: the 38 World Heritage sites in China chosen for their cultural significance and value to humanity. Selected titles on Confucius, Chinese history, calligraphy, Chinese landscape art and architecture, and contemporary Chinese art are also featured in the exhibit.
Stop by the Special Collections Reading Room on the fourth floor of the John Peace Library to see the book exhibit through the end of September.

Exhibit co-curated by Shari A. Salisbury and Juli McLoone.

Title List of Books on Display:

Ciarla, Roberto, ed. The Eternal Army: The Terracotta Soldiers of the First Chinese Emperor. Vercelli: White Star; Maidstone: Amalgamated Book Services [distributor], 2005.

Douglas, Robert Kennaway. China. New York, Putnam, 1899.

Gascoigne, Bamber. The Dynasties of China: A History. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2003.

Hart, Virgil Chittenden. Western China: A Journey to the Great Buddhist Centre of Mount Omei. Boston, Ticknor and Company, 1888.

Jones, David, ed. Confucius Now: Contemporary Encounters with the Analects. Chicago: Open Court, 2008.

Kwo, Da-Wei. Chinese Brushwork in Calligraphy and Painting: Its History, Aesthetics, and Techniques. New York: Dover, 1990.

Liu, Tun-chen; Joseph C. Wang, ed.and Chen Lixian, trans. Chinese Classical Gardens of Suzhou. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1993.

Martin, William Alexander Parsons. A Cycle of Cathay; or, China, South and North. With Personal Reminiscences. New York, Chicago [etc.] F.H. Revell Company, 1896.

Sullivan, Michael. Symbols of Eternity: The Art of Landscape Painting in China. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1979.

Tucker, Mary Evelyn and John H. Berthrong, eds. Confucianism and Ecology: The Interrelation of Heaven, Earth, and Humans. Cambridge, Mass.: Distributed by Harvard University Press for the Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions, 1998.

Wei, Haitian et al. Zhongguo Gai Ge Kai Fang de Gu Shi = Stories of China’s Reform and Opening-up. [Shenzhen?] : Zhongguo de gu shi chu ban you xian gong si, 2004.

Wilson, Mark et al. New World Order: Contemporary Installation Art and Photography from China. Groningen: Groninger Museum; London: Art Data [distributor], 2008.

Wong, Young-tsu. A Paradise Lost: The Imperial Garden Yuanming Yuan. Honolulu: University of Hawai’I Press, 2001.

Worswick, Clark and Jonathan D. Spence. Imperial China: Photographs 1850-1912. [New York]: Pennwick Publishing; [distributed by] Crown, 1978.

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