New Arrivals at Veery Books
- Mu Xin (1927-2011), Richard M. Barnhart, Jonathan Hay, Wu Hung, Alexandra Munroe.
The Art of Mu Xin: Landscape Paintings and Prison Notes.
Yale University Art Gallery; David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, New Haven, London, Chicago, 2001, Hardcover, , , Fine /Very Good
150 pp. 36 plates, some with full-page details, numerous figures, some in color. Nine pages of reproducing more than 60 pages of ms. Prison notes. Folio [14.75 x 14 inches]; VG/F. Matte black dust jacket makes a good impression however shows minor rubbing and bumping easily, else fine. Foreword and acknowledgements--Kimerly Rorschach and Jock Reynolds; Preface--Robert Rosenkranz; Palimpsest: nearby Mu Xin--Alexandra Munroe; Landscape painting at the end of time--Richard M. Barnhart; Mu Xin and twentieth-century Chinese painting--Jonathan Hay; Reading Mu Xin: an exile without a past--Wu Hung; Tower within a tower: Landscape paintings, Prison notes [Mu Xin]; Passages from the Prison notes--translated by Toming Jun Liu; A dialogue with Mu Xin--Toming Jun Liu; Mu Xin: an annotated bibliography. The 33 landscape paintings and the prison notes were produced in the late 1970s during the Cultural Revolution in China while he was imprisoned and then under house arrest. “Mu Xin wrote the Prison Notes in miniscule characters on purloined paper provided for ‘self-criticism,’ which he then rolled up and sewed into his prison garb to avoid detection”—from the preface. The notes contain imaginary dialogues between historical cultural figures such as Aristotle and Dostoyevsky. Mu Xin (??) is the pen name of Sun Pu (??). Mu Jin is a Buddhist expression meaning “educator with a true heart)