Modern Ink: The Art of Xugu
112pp. February 2015
Modern Ink: The Art of Xugu
Editor: Chen, Siyuan; Yee, Craig L.; Tsao, Jung Ying;
The implications of Chan (Jp., Zen) Buddhist insight for Chinese artists have been profound. Only by achieving a state of egoless consciousness, of complete interfusion between subject and object, can a larger reality—via intuition and inspiration—be known. This subtle truth can be given tangible form through the inspired movement of the painter’s brush. Although Chan Buddhism was all but dead in China by the nineteenth century, the artist Xugu (1823–1896) emerged in the midst of civil war, political upheaval, and cultural decay to tap the creative spring of this venerable spiritual tradition and channel its flow into his painting. Illustrated in full color, The Art of Xugu examines eighteen works by this extraordinary monk-artist in the context of his life, historical events, and artistic development.

Distributed for The Mozhai Foudnation

80 color illustrations

Modern Ink
Editor: Chen, Siyuan; Yee, Craig L.; 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.