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Imagining Sculpture: A Short Conjectural History

Hardback Book  |  Reading  |  25 Jan 2022
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A new critical approach to understanding sculpture across cultures.

Imagining Sculpture is the story of the absence of a powerful European idea: Sculpture. In China statues, stele, and other figural objects were made for millennia but were not categorized as Sculpture.

Imagining Sculpture explains how they were seen in China as objects beyond the category of Sculpture. Stanley Abe has written a series of short historical and fictional vignettes about travelers, scholars, officials, collectors, and antiquarians who encounter statues, figures, and effigies in China and the West from the fourteenth to the beginning of the twentieth century.

Imagining Sculpture is visual, cinematic, and sumptuous, featuring rare photographs, paintings, sketches, letters, and ephemera. With little text, images propel the narrative.

About the Author

Stanley Abe is associate professor in the Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University. He is the author of Ordinary Images and served as editor in chief of Archives of Asian Art from 2011 to 2018.

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Title: Imagining Sculpture: A Short Conjectural History

Format: Hardback Book

Release Date: 25 Jan 2022

Type: Stanley Abe

Sku: 2661198

Catalogue No: 9783777437583

Category: Reading


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