Modern Ink: The Art of Qi Baishi
written by Britta Erickson, Craig Yee, and Jung Ying Tsao
2014 | 144 pages, 109 color illustrations
Paper | ISBN: 978-0-8248-4766-1 | $38.00
Published in association with Marquand Books and the Mozhai Foundation
Coinciding with today’s opening of Qi Baishi’s work at the Honolulu Museum of Art, UH Press is releasing an impressive new volume filled with color illustrations of his work.
Born into a poor farming family and coming of age during China’s century of civil strife, Qi Baishi transformed the elite brush art of China’s literati scholars into a universal art form appreciated by people of all social backgrounds. His distinctly modern art language breaks through class and cultural barriers through use of expressive “carved” brushwork, juxtaposition of vibrant colors against deep and rich ink tones, poetic economy in form and composition, and choice of emotionally resonant subject matter. For these reasons, Qi Baishi’s art is the ideal gateway through which art lovers of any class or culture can learn about the millenia-old tradition of Chinese brush painting.
The exhibition closes on January 25, 2015.