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'Artful Recluse' Catalogue Wins Prestigious College Art Association Award

Jacket detail from "The Artful Recluse: Painting, Poetry, and Politics in 17th-Century China" exhibition catalogue.
by Asia Society
14 February 2014

NEW YORK, February 13, 2014 — The College Art Association (CAA) has awarded its 2014 Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions to Peter C. Sturman and Susan S. Tai for their catalogue accompanying The Artful Recluse: Painting, Poetry, and Politics in 17th-Century China.

The Artful Recluse was the first full-scale museum exhibition to explore the theme of reclusion in Chinese art during the politically tumultuous period that saw the collapse of the Ming dynasty and subsequent rise of the Qing dynasty. Sturman and Tai co-curated the exhibition, which was organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and ran at Asia Society Museum from March through June of 2013.

In its citation, the College Art Association lauds the Artful Recluse catalogue as "a probing study" that "dispels the notion that such material is inherently obscure and impenetrable to all but the learned scholar."

The Alfred H. Barr Award is one of the CAA's 2014 Awards for Distinction, which every year honor the achievements of individual artists, art historians, authors, conservators, curators, and critics.

Copies of the catalogue are still available from AsiaStore.

Related Links:
Artful Recluse exhibition website
Peter Sturman's Artful Recluse lecture at Asia Society New York