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Imagining Sculpture in China

Colloquium | January 19 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Winnie Wong, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

Stanley Abe, Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, Duke University

Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

There was no such thing as sculpture in China until the early twentieth century. Sculpture is a specifically European category of Fine Art which we apply to figural objects from many places. But sculpture did not exist in most of the world, certainly not in China, until the European term was applied on a global scale. The presentation will be a reflection about a book in progress—a picture book—which attempts to tell the story of how sculpture-like objects were understood in China and how such objects came to be called sculpture in the early twentieth century. It is a history of something that did not exist., 510-643-6321