Drawing From Life

Drawing From Life: Sketching and Socialist Realism in the Early People’s Republic of China (University of California Press, 2020)

Author Christine I. Ho discusses making revolutionary art in the early People’s Republic of China (1949-1965).

key themes
  • Global modernism and global contemporary art
  • Transcultural and transnational approaches
  • Art and politics
  • Art and revolution
  • Postwar art
further reading
  • Julia Andrews, Painters and Politics in the People’s Republic of China, 1949-1979 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994).
  • Melissa Chiu, Art and China’s Revolution (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008).
  • Lily Chumley, Creativity Class: Art School and Culture Work in Postsocialist China (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016).
  • Maria Galikowski, Art and Politics in China, 1949-1984 (Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 1998).
  • Chang-tai Hung, Mao’s New World: Political Culture in the Early People’s Republic (Ithaca N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2011).
  • Richard Curt Kraus, Brushes with Power: Modern Politics and the Chinese Art of Calligraphy (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991).
  • Ellen Laing, The Winking Owl : Art in the People’s Republic of China (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988).
  • Stefan Landsberger, Chinese Posters: The IISH-Landsberger Collections (Munich: Prestel, 2009).
  • Lü Peng. A History of Art in 20th-Century China (Milan: Charta, 2010).
  • Bonnie McDougall, Mao Zedong’s “Talks at the Yan’an Conference on Literature and Art” : A Translation of the 1943 Text with Commentary (Ann Arbor: Center for Chinese Studies; University of Michigan, 1980).
  • Xiaobing Tang, Origins of the Chinese Avant-Garde: The Modern Woodcut Movement (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008).
  • Nicolai Volland, Socialist Cosmopolitanism: The Chinese Literary Universe, 1945-1965, Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University (New York: Columbia University Press, 2017).
  • Wu Hung, Remaking Beijing: Tiananmen Square and the Creation of a Political Space (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005).
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