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Collectors, Collections, and Collecting the Arts of China: Histories and Challenges

Collectors, Collections, and Collecting the Arts of China: Histories and Challenges (Hardback)

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With the wax and wane of the relationship between China and the West, art collectors have been forced to adjust to significant changes in access to Chinese art. Increasingly tough restrictions on buying and selling artwork have been enforced by the Chinese government in an effort to safeguard the country's cultural heritage. Meanwhile, auction houses and private collecting have recently flourished within China. These new developments challenge how Westerners are able to collect and exhibit Chinese art. This detailed and carefully researched volume on the history of specific collectors, dealers, and museum collections presents a discussion between curators about the difficulties of collecting Chinese art in the twenty-first century. While highlighting the issues facing Chinese art collectors today, this volume also examines strategies employed by curators to continue to both build their collections and to document the origin and attribution of items in their collections. The essays included in this book survey collections in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada.

Some of the world's top Chinese art scholars present intriguing case studies grounded in art objects--bronze, jade, ceramics, sculpture, and painting--and discuss hot-button issues of provenance and authenticity. They are presented here to explore the subtleties of collecting and exhibiting Chinese art, and explain how things have evolved through past centuries. Through a series of well-written and illuminating essays, this volume ultimately reveals how shifting tastes, political climates, and ambitions, as well as various opportunities and personalities were instrumental factors in forming some of the most important collections of Chinese art in the world today.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArt treatments & subjectsExhibition catalogues & specific collectionsArt, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryHistory of art / art & design stylesArt styles not defined by date Publisher: University Press of Florida Publication Date: 18/03/2014 ISBN-13: 9780813049144  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Jason Steuber is Cofrin Curator of Asian Art for the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida. He is the author of China: 3,000 Years of Art and Literature and is the coeditor of Original Intentions: Essays on Production, Reproduction, and Interpretation in the Arts of China.

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