Asian Art 101: Landscape in Chinese Painting: Gateway to Landscape Art in East Asiaat Crow Collection of Asian Art • $10 for Friends of the Crow Collection, $20 for the public
This lecture addresses the nature of landscape art as a cultural projection, with a focus on Chinese landscape painting. It is based on the premise that landscape art makes use of perception of the natural world to explore the relationship between man and nature–to communicate ideas, emotions, ethics, politics, and values. Looking at a landscape picture is partaking of a sense of order (or its lack) in the world.
Changing forms and emphases in Chinese landscape painting during its development over millennia– ranging from conceptual forms, through descriptive techniques, to artist’s imprints, and the use of artistic landscape style as landscape subject–will be presented. Contemporary Chinese landscape art touches on themes of man’s role as custodian of a nature threatened. Relationships of landscape painting to landscape poetry will appear as a leit-motif.
Visiting Scholar: Caron Smith, Curator Emeritus of the Crow Collection of Asian Art
Bio: Caron Smith is the Curator Emeritus at the Crow Collection of Asian Art and has worked with the Crow Collection for over ten years. She earned her Ph.D. in Chinese Art and Archaeology from The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, writing her dissertation on the iconic Chinese landscape artist Fan Kuan (ca. A.D. 1000.) She served in curatorial and administrative capacities at The Metropolitan Museum, the Asia Society, the San Diego Museum of Art, and the Rubin Museum of Art before coming to the Crow Collection.
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