Art of the Natural World: Resonances of Wild Nature in Chinese Sculptural Art

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Richard Rosenblum
With Valerie C. Doran

Prized for over a millennium by Chinese literati, scholars' rocks - stones sculpted by the elements into evocative, richly textured miniature landscapes - have been objects of contemplation and inspiration. This elegantly designed volume offers a meditation by the noted artist and collector Richard Rosenblum on the philosophy and spirit of Chinese natural art, from scholars' rocks to objects in wood, metal, and ceramic - as well as works sculpted to replicate natural art. Rosenblum also engages the wider philosophical issues these works raise - about artistic perception, the context of an art object, and what ultimately constitutes a work of art. Centuries before Duchamp's snow shovel first appeared in a gallery, Chinese natural art was challenging received notions about artistic creation and response. A book for scholars, artists, and thinkers alike, Art of the Natural World is an indispensable commentary on the art of nature and the nature of art.

"A delight to anyone interested in contemporary art's dialog with the past, in the philosophical divide between Eastern art and that of the West, or even in chaos theory and fractal geometry. Rosenblum's mind skips nimbly from topic to topic, and he ties them all together lucidly and lyrically." - Christine Temin, Boston Globe

160 pages
7 1/2" x 10" hardcover
105 color photographs