The Art of Mu Xin by Alexandra Munroe
The Landscape Paintings and Prison Notes

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Mu Xin (b. 1927) is one of the leading expatriate artist-intellectuals of our time. Now living in New York City, he is known for his complex writings and paintings. Clearly a formidable figure in the cultural and intellectual history of Chinese modernism, Mu Xin is admired for his unique synthesis of Chinese and Western aesthetic sensibilities. This beautifully illustrated catalogue focuses on a group of thirty-three landscape paintings that Mu Xin painted in 1978-79, in the immediate aftermath of the Great Cultural Revolution. Many of these works have never been exhibited or published in the West. In addition, the book features Mu Xin's Prison Notes, some sixty-six calligraphic sheets that were written when the artist was in solitary confinement in China in 1972. This catalogue will accompany an exhibition on view at the Yale University Art Gallery from 2nd October to 9th December 2001. The exhibition will then travel to the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago from 24th March to 31st March 2002, and additional venues to be announced.

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Mu Xin, born in 1927 in China, isamong the last of his generation toreceive a classical education. Duringthe Cultural Revolution he wasimprisoned for eighteen months andthen lived under house arrest forseveral years. In 1982 he moved tothe U.S., where he lived in Queens, New York, and only recently movedback to his hometown in China. He isthe author of several collections ofstories, poetry, and essays, as wellas being a world-renowned painter.
Published October 1, 2001 by YU Art Gallery. 192 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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