Modern Ink: The Art of Qi Baishi
144pp. September 2014
Modern Ink: The Art of Qi Baishi
Author: Erickson, Britta; Yee, Craig; Tsao, Jung Ying;
Born into a poor farming family and coming of age in a time of civil strife, Qi Baishi (1864–1957) became one of the most widely recognized artists of twentieth-century China. His distinctly modern language breaks through barriers of class and culture through powerful “engraved” brushwork, the juxtaposition of vibrant colors with varied ink tones, poetic economy in form and composition, and emotionally resonant subjects. The Art of Qi Baishi, featuring biographical information, illustrated essays, and discursive entries for thirty works of art, is an ideal introduction to China’s venerable heritage of brush painting and a comprehensive guide to this artist’s seminal contributions.

Distributed for The Mozhai Foundation 

109 color illustrations
Author: Erickson, Britta; Yee, Craig; Tsao, Jung Ying;
Chen Siyuan 陳思淵, born in Shanghai, received his MA from the School of Chinese Painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). He has researched, written on, and organized exhibitions of modern Chinese paintings and calligraphies at Liangyou Huayi in Beijing.

Craig L. Yee, founding director of the art space INK Studio in Beijing, has played a central organizational and editorial role in research projects for exhibitions on Chinese painting, including New Songs on Ancient Tunes (Honolulu Academy of Arts), Selected Masterworks of Modern Chinese Painting (Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing), and Alternative Dreams (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). His research interests include the visual semiotics of ink art. He co-authored The Art of Qi Baishi, The Art of Xugu, and The Art of Wu Changshi in The Mozhai Foundation’s Modern Ink series and has published monographs on Zheng Chongbin and Chen Haiyan in the D.A.P. Contemporary Ink Series. He holds BA degrees in economics and symbolic systems and an MBA from Stanford University.

The late Jung Ying Tsao—scholar, collector, and connoisseur of traditional Chinese painting—authored three books: The Four Jens (1977), Chinese Paintings of the Middle Qing Dynasty (1987), and The Paintings of Xugu and Qi Baishi (1993). Collections that he formed and guided have been the subject of academic research projects and exhibitions, for instance, at the Honolulu Museum of Art (2007), at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing (2010), and part of a major study of seventeenth-century Chinese painting at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2016). His scholarly contributions and connoisseurship planted the seed from which the Mozhai Foundation has grown.