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Contradictions : artistic life, the socialist state, and the Chinese painter Li Huasheng, Jerome Silbergeld with Gong Jisui

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Contradictions : artistic life, the socialist state, and the Chinese painter Li Huasheng
Title
Contradictions
Title remainder
artistic life, the socialist state, and the Chinese painter Li Huasheng
Statement of responsibility
Jerome Silbergeld with Gong Jisui
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Li Huasheng (b. 1944) represents the first generation of artists raised and trained in the People's Republic of China. His career spans the painting of Maoist propaganda in the 1960s, a decade of secretly studying forbidden traditional styles during the Cultural Revolution, an overnight rise from poverty to prominence during the artistic rejuvenation of Sichuan province under Deng Xiaoping, a hellish descent into political disgrace during the anti-Western campaign of 1983-1984, and a boldly pursued political rehabilitation to become Sichuan's foremost younger artist today. All along, Li has been driven by a fearless flair for drama that is expressed not only in his remarkable paintings of the Sichuan landscape but in a lifelong passion for Sichuan-style theater. Li's career has been allied with that of his foremost mentor, Chen Zizhuang (1913-1976). Chen, a personal bodyguard and cultural adviser to Sichuan's last warlord governor, was ostracized by the Communist arts administration after 1949 and died in obscurity, but posthumously became a centerpiece of the revival of traditional arts in Sichuan under the influence of Deng Xiaoping." "Since the advent of socialism in China, no mainland Chinese artist has dared expose his life in detail. As a result, little is known outside China of how artistic life is lived or of the system that regulates it. In exploring the lives of Li Huasheng and Chen Zizhuang, Contradictions reveals for the first time both the details and the character of artistic life in socialist China. Particular attention is given to the various forms of patronage that shaped these artists' options: state patronage, a monopoly that has been regulated by associations, academies, exhibition halls, and publication houses in conformity with Communist party ideology; commercial patronage, in which painting serves as a form of currency in the exchange of private services and personal favors; protective patronage, provided by the political elite in exchange for art and artistic companionship; and spiritual patronage, provided by Daoist and Buddhist temples that share the artist's passion for individual creativity and antipathy to the state." "Contradictions combines art, institutional history, and extensive and uncensored interviews and correspondence with a wide range of individuals, both friends and rivals, who have shaped Li Huasheng's career: his teachers and artistic colleagues, the leaders of Sichuan's arts administration, the patrons ranging from army commissar to Daoist priest, the illicit lover, the state managed journalist looking for a target, the state arts store manager, and the newly liberated dealers in art and artistic forgeries." "Contradictions will be of interest to students of Chinese art, culture, and politics, as well as to anyone concerned with the issues of intellectual freedom and censorship."--Jacket
  • "Li Huasheng (b. 1944) represents the first generation of artists raised and trained in the People's Republic of China. His career spans the painting of Maoist propaganda in the 1960s, a decade of secretly studying forbidden traditional styles during the Cultural Revolution, an overnight rise from poverty to prominence during the artistic rejuvenation of Sichuan province under Deng Xiaoping, a hellish descent into political disgrace during the anti-Western campaign of 1983-1984, and a boldly pursued political rehabilitation to become Sichuan's foremost younger artist today. All along, Li has been driven by a fearless flair for drama that is expressed not only in his remarkable paintings of the Sichuan landscape but in a lifelong passion for Sichuan-style theater. Li's career has been allied with that of his foremost mentor, Chen Zizhuang (1913-1976). Chen, a personal bodyguard and cultural adviser to Sichuan's last warlord governor, was ostracized by the Communist arts administration after 1949 and died in obscurity, but posthumously became a centerpiece of the revival of traditional arts in Sichuan under the influence of Deng Xiaoping." "Since the advent of socialism in China, no mainland Chinese artist has dared expose his life in detail. As a result, little is known outside China of how artistic life is lived or of the system that regulates it. In exploring the lives of Li Huasheng and Chen Zizhuang, Contradictions reveals for the first time both the details and the character of artistic life in socialist China. Particular attention is given to the various forms of patronage that shaped these artists' options: state patronage, a monopoly that has been regulated by associations, academies, exhibition halls, and publication houses in conformity with Communist party ideology; commercial patronage, in which painting serves as a form of currency in the exchange of private services and personal favors; protective patronage, provided by the political elite in exchange for art and artistic companionship; and spiritual patronage, provided by Daoist and Buddhist temples that share the artist's passion for individual creativity and antipathy to the state." "Contradictions combines art, institutional history, and extensive and uncensored interviews and correspondence with a wide range of individuals, both friends and rivals, who have shaped Li Huasheng's career: his teachers and artistic colleagues, the leaders of Sichuan's arts administration, the patrons ranging from army commissar to Daoist priest, the illicit lover, the state managed journalist looking for a target, the state arts store manager, and the newly liberated dealers in art and artistic forgeries." "Contradictions will be of interest to students of Chinese art, culture, and politics, as well as to anyone concerned with the issues of intellectual freedom and censorship."--BOOK JACKET
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Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
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Silbergeld, Jerome
Dewey number
  • 759.5
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
ND1049.L4765
LC item number
S56 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Gong, Jisui
Series statement
Jackson School publications in international studies
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Li, Huasheng
  • Painters
  • Socialism and art
  • Art and state
  • Socialismo y arte
  • Arte y estado
Label
Contradictions : artistic life, the socialist state, and the Chinese painter Li Huasheng, Jerome Silbergeld with Gong Jisui
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-234) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Socialist China's "Second Revolution" and the Rise of a "Younger-Generation Artist," 1976-83
  • 6.
  • "Spiritual Pollution" and the Fall of a "Shooting Star," 1983-86
  • 7.
  • Laurels Restored, the Artist Academized, 1985-89
  • 1.
  • Contradictions: Artistic Personality and the Socialist State
  • 2.
  • "China-Born" - Early Years, First Teachers, 1944-65
  • 3.
  • Revolution by Day, Tradition by Lamplight, 1962-76
  • 4.
  • Master Teacher, Master Pupil - Chen Zizhuang and Li Huasheng, 1973-76
Control code
26363222
Dimensions
28 cm
Extent
xxii, 242 pages
Isbn
9780295971551
Lccn
92025169
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(WaOLN)1499170
Label
Contradictions : artistic life, the socialist state, and the Chinese painter Li Huasheng, Jerome Silbergeld with Gong Jisui
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-234) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Socialist China's "Second Revolution" and the Rise of a "Younger-Generation Artist," 1976-83
  • 6.
  • "Spiritual Pollution" and the Fall of a "Shooting Star," 1983-86
  • 7.
  • Laurels Restored, the Artist Academized, 1985-89
  • 1.
  • Contradictions: Artistic Personality and the Socialist State
  • 2.
  • "China-Born" - Early Years, First Teachers, 1944-65
  • 3.
  • Revolution by Day, Tradition by Lamplight, 1962-76
  • 4.
  • Master Teacher, Master Pupil - Chen Zizhuang and Li Huasheng, 1973-76
Control code
26363222
Dimensions
28 cm
Extent
xxii, 242 pages
Isbn
9780295971551
Lccn
92025169
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(WaOLN)1499170

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