Original Intentions: Essays on Production, Reproduction, and Interpretation in the Arts of China (Hardback)

by Nicholas Pearce, Jason Steuber

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Investigates the controversial practice of art replication"An excellent survey of scholarship surrounding some of the most fundamental issues in the study of Chinese art. Ranging from Chinese bronzes through Buddhist painting and imperial patronage to the development of the modern scholarly field of Chinese art history and contemporary art, it will be an important resource for many different readers."--Shawn Eichman, Honolulu Academy of Arts "An informative and sometimes provocative guide to understanding 'replications' of Chinese art as cultural ontology from antiquity to the present. The timing of this volume is particularly relevant to today's ever-expanding 'replication'-conscious public."--He Li, author of "Chinese Ceramics: A New Comprehensive Survey from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco" For both museums and collectors, questions of "authenticity" often dominate the decision to acquire a new work. This issue is especially thorny for Westerners when dealing with Chinese art. Believing that everything has a precedent, Chinese artists were never bashful about reproducing art, typically seeing less of a difference between the original work and reproductions. As a result, replication has often been considered a fundamental mode of production in Chinese art, with roots extending to antiquity. In turn, some collectors would knowingly brandish originals next to replicas while others completely rejected the idea of imitations as artworks. The essays in "Original Intentions" explore the highly controversial questions of faking, copying, and replicating Chinese painting, bronzes, ceramics, works on paper, and sculpture. Offering a broad range of perspectives on conservation, technical analysis, social history, and collecting, the contributors to the volume explore the question of authenticity in the arts of China. Essays feature both theoretical and object-based research in a broad chronological framework, addressing a wide range of issues in both Chinese and Western contexts.

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