The Chinese Art Book

A beautifully presented, authoritative overview of Chinese art


Price: USD$59.95

The Chinese Art Book presents a definitive selection of 300 works, from the earliest dynasties to the new generation of contemporary artists enlivening the global art world today.

From painting, calligraphy, ceramics and bronzes, to contemporary installations, photography and performance art; outstanding examples from all periods are showcased side by side, to create fascinating combinations linked with detailed cross-references.

Also includes an informative introductory essay, comprehensive glossary and an illustrated time line placing the works in their political and cultural contexts.


Format: Hardback
Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
Pages: 352 pp
Illustrations: 300 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714865751

Colin Mackenzie (Introduction) is Senior Curator of Chinese Art at the Nelson-Akins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.

Keith Pratt (painting and calligraphy to 1949) is Emeritus Professor of East Asian Studies at the University of Durham.

Jeffrey Moser (plastic arts to 1949) is the Assistant Professor of East Asian Art History at McGill University, Montreal.

Katie Hill (contemporary art after 1949) is Director of the Office of Contemporary Chinese Art, Deputy Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, and consultant lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

'…A gorgeously laid out overview in which classics like Chen Rong's Nine Dragons, painted in 1244 are juxtaposed with contemporary artists from heroic Ai Weiwei to the fireworks of Cai Guo-Qiang... Engage with the art of China past and present…'
- The Guardian

'Phaidon's selection of 300 highlights from 5,000 years of Chinese art is notable for its stimulating juxtapositions... The marvelous diversity of forms selected illustrates the ongoing dialogue between contemporary Chinese artists and the traditions that both nourish and challenge them. Informative captions and a chronological timeline contextualize the individual works.'
- Sotheby's Magazine

'The Phaidon Chinese Art Book... is a beautifully-produced pictorial record of Chinese art... [..] A book with such a vast timespan is well-placed to give a healthy sense of perspective.'
- The Asian Review of Books

'…A stunning new compendium, The Chinese Art Book, carefully put together by Colin Mackenzie, Katie Hill and Jeffrey Moser, deploys a surprisingly effective strategy for making both current and contemporary works come to life…'
- Town and Country Magazine

Ai Weiwei
Zhang Xiaogang: Disquieting Memories
Yin Xiuzhen
Zhang Huan
The Chinese Potter
The 21st-Century Art Book