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Book Launch: Friendship in Art

'Friendship in Art: Fou Lei and Huang Binhong by Claire Roberts.

Friendship in Art: Fou Lei and Huang Binhong documents in letters, photos, and paintings a special friendship between two highly creative individuals who helped shape Chinese culture in the 20th century. According to Dr. Claire Roberts, "It is a book about friendship and the meeting of minds."

Huang Binhong (1865'1955) was a revered traditional painter and one of the oldest and most distinguished artists in the 1940s and '50s. He was committed to artistic continuity and the reinvigoration of brush-and-ink painting. Meanwhile, Fou Lei (1908'66) was a young, cosmopolitan critic and translator who was a child of the New Culture Movement, which repudiated many literary traditions.

"The contact between Fou Lei and Huang Binhong over decades of correspondence allows us unique insights into the history of modern Chinese culture. Through their exchanges, both in letter and in spirit, we gain entr??e into how a European-trained man of letters and a scholar-artist imbued with the Chinese tradition saw and discussed art, culture, and history. Through her painstaking work, Claire Roberts has provided non-Chinese readers with elegant access to this profoundly significant cultural conversation."—Geremie R. Barme, author of The Forbidden City (2008)

Published by Hong Kong University Press, and launched on Tuesday 14th December. Join us for a sit-down with the author as she introduces and explains her new book, Friendship in Art.

About the Author:

Dr. Claire Roberts is a curator and historian of Chinese art. She is a research fellow in the College of Asia and the Pacific at The Australian National University.

After diplomatic relations were normalized in 1972, Roberts was one of the first Australians to study in China. There she studied at the Beijing Foreign Languages Institute before enrolling at the Central Academy of Fine Art. Back in Australia, she also finished a double degree in Chinese and art history and then a Masters on Pan Tianshou, an ink painter who was a "major 20th-century figure."

She has books published from 1992, all dealing with China and her interest in Chinese art. Some of her key publications include Hedda Morrison's Photographs of Peking 1933-46 (1992) to Evolution & Revolution: Chinese Dress 1700s to Now (1997) to 'Other Histories: Guan Wei's Fable for a Contemporary World—Documentation of an Exhibition (2008).

DATE: Tuesday 14th December 2010

TIME: 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

VENUE: Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room, Level 1, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, The University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC 3010

ENQUIRIES: Please contact Bernadine Fernandez on 613 8344 3575


Event Details

Tue 14 Dec 2010
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room, Level 1, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, The University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC 3010 Melbourne

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