Folk Art and Modern Culture in Republican China

Folk Art and Modern Culture in Republican China

Author: Felicity Lufkin

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498526296

Category: History

Page: 292

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Folk art is now widely recognized as an integral part of the modern Chinese cultural heritage, but in the early twentieth century, awareness of folk art as a distinct category in the visual arts was new. Internationally, intellectuals in different countries used folk arts to affirm national identity and cultural continuity in the midst of the changes of the modern era. In China, artists, critics and educators likewise saw folk art as a potentially valuable resource: perhaps it could be a fresh source of cultural inspiration and energy, representing the authentic voice of the people in contrast to what could be seen as the limited and elitist classical tradition. At the same time, many Chinese intellectuals also saw folk art as a problem: they believed that folk art, as it was, promoted superstitious and backward ideas that were incompatible with modernization and progress. In either case, folk art was too important to be left in the hands of the folk: educated artists and researchers felt a responsibility intervene, to reform folk art and create new popular art forms that would better serve the needs of the modern nation. In the early 1930s, folk art began to figure in the debates on social role of art and artists that were waged in the pages of the Chinese press, the first major exhibition of folk art was held in Hangzhou, and the new print movement claimed the print as a popular artistic medium while, for the most part, declaring its distance from contemporary folk printmaking practices. During the war against Japan, from 1937 to 1945, educated artists deployed imagery and styles drawn from folk art in morale-boosting propaganda images, but worried that this work fell short of true artistic accomplishment and pandering to outmoded tastes. The questions raised in interaction with folk art during this pivotal period, questions about heritage, about the social position of art, and the exercise of cultural authority continue to resonate into the present day.
Folk Art and Modern Culture in Republican China
Language: en
Pages: 292
Authors: Felicity Lufkin
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-01-21 - Publisher: Lexington Books

Folk art is now widely recognized as an integral part of the modern Chinese cultural heritage, but in the early twentieth century, awareness of folk art as a distinct category in the visual arts was new. Internationally, intellectuals in different countries used folk arts to affirm national identity and cultural
Modern Art in the Common Culture
Language: en
Pages: 274
Authors: Thomas Crow, Thomas E. Crow
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 1996-01-01 - Publisher: Yale University Press

Hoofdstukken over kunstenaars en kunstuitingen vormen het uitgangspunt van deze Studie over de relatie tussen avant-garde kunst en de massacultuur
Translation and the Arts in Modern France
Language: en
Pages: 284
Authors: Sonya Stephens
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-07-10 - Publisher: Indiana University Press

Translation and the Arts in Modern France sits at the intersection of transposition, translation, and ekphrasis, finding resonances in these areas across periods, places, and forms. Within these contributions, questions of colonization, subjugation, migration, and exile connect Benin to Brittany, and political philosophy to the sentimental novel and to film.
A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art
Language: en
Pages: 776
Authors: Ian Chilvers, John Glaves-Smith
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009 - Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This unique and authoritative reference work contains more than 2,000 clear and concise entries on all aspects of modern and contemporary art. Its impressive range of terms includes movements, styles, techniques, artists, critics, dealers, schools, and galleries. There are biographical entriesfor artists worldwide from the beginning of the 20th century
Modernism in Dispute
Language: en
Pages: 267
Authors: John Harris, Paul Wood, Francis Frascina, Jonathan Harris, Charles Harrison
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 1993-01-01 - Publisher: Yale University Press

This volume is part of a four-volume series about art and its interpretation in the 19th and 20th centuries. The books provide an introduction to modern European and American art and criticism that should be valuable both to students and to the general reader.