Modern Ink: The Art of Wu Changshi
160pp. April 2018
Modern Ink: The Art of Wu Changshi
Editor: Erickson, Britta; Yee, Craig L.;
Wu Changshi (1844–1927) rose to the forefront of the jinshi, or “epigraphic,” movement in calligraphy and painting. His inventive method of adapting the rugged strength of ancient engraved texts to his own brushwork reinvigorated Chinese art through a reconnection with its earliest roots. In bold xieyi or free-style flower-and-bird scenes and landscapes, he fully integrated the four disciplines of painting, calligraphy, poetry, and seal carving. This volume presents outstanding examples of this master’s calligraphy and paintings, illustrated in full color, along with scholarly discussions of his important contribution to the development of ink painting in the modern world.

120 color images

Modern Ink
Distributed for The Mozhai Foundation
Editor: Erickson, Britta; Yee, Craig L.;
Co-author and Modern Ink series editor, Britta Erickson林似竹, PhD, is an independent scholar and curator. Her doctoral dissertation investigates patronage modes in the career of the mid-nineteenth-century Shanghai School artist Ren Xiong. She has taught at major universities, publishes and lectures widely, and has curated important exhibitions of contemporary Chinese art. Dr. Erickson now serves as artistic director at INK Studio, a Beijing gallery devoted to contemporary ink artists, and includes among her current projects the production of a film series, The Enduring Passion for Ink.

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.