Good. 302 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. ART HISTORY. An unforgettable account of a world-renowned artistic treasure located in the heart of China The Mogao grottoes in northwestern China, located near the town of Dunhuang on the fabled Silk Road, constitute one of the world's most significant sites of Buddhist art. Preserved in some five hundred caves carved into rock cliffs at the edge of the Gobi Desert are one thousand years of exquisite wall paintings and sculpture. Founded by Buddhist monks in the late fourth century, Mogao grew into an artistic and spiri-tual center whose renown extended from the Chinese capital to the far western kingdoms of the Silk Road. Among its treasures are 45, 000 square meters of murals, more than 2, 000 statues, and some 50, 000 medieval silk paintings and illustrated manuscripts. This sumptuous catalogue accompanies an exhibition of the same name, which will run from May 7 through September 4, 2016, at the Getty Center. Organized by the Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Research Institute, Dunhuang Academy, and Dunhuang Foundation, the exhibition celebrates a decades-long collaboration between the GCI and the Dunhuang Academy to conserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. It presents, for the first time in North America, a collection of objects from the so-called Library Cave, including illustrated sutras, prayer books, and other exquisite treasures, as well as three full-scale, hand-painted replica caves. This volume includes essays by leading scholars, an illustrated portfolio on the rep-lica caves, and comprehensive entries on all objects in the exhibition. NEVILLE AGNEW is principal project specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute. MARCIA REED is chief curator and head of Special Collections at the Getty Research Institute. TEVVY BALL is an editor at Getty Publications. 4 This incisive volume brings a vibrant set of trailblazing postwar painters to brilliant life London Calling Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, Kitaj, Auerbach, and Andrews Elena Crippa and Catherine Lampert Between the postwar years and the 1980s in Britain, and in particular in London, a number of figurative painters simultaneously reinvented the way in which life is represented in art. Focusing on the depiction of the human figure, these artists rendered the frailty and vitality of the human condition. Offering a fresh account of developments that have since characterized postwar British painting, this cata-logue focuses on Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, R. B. Kitaj, and Leon Kossoff&emdash; artists who worked in close proximity as they were developing new forms of realism. If for many years their efforts seemed to clash with dominant tendencies, reassessment in recent decades has afforded their work a central position in a richer and more complex understanding of postwar British art and culture. Rigorous and gorgeously illustrated, the essays reflect on the parallel yet diverse trajectories of these art-ists, their friendships and mutual admiration, and the divergence of their practice from the discourse of high modernism. The authors seek to dispel the notion of their work as a uniquely British endeavor by highlighting the artists' international outlook and ongoing dialogue with contemporary European and American painters as well as masters from previous generations. 302 pages, 9 x 11 inches, 192 color and 25 black-and-white illustrations. (Key Words: Cave Temples, Dunhuang, Neville Agnew, Marcia Reed, Tevvy Ball, Exhibition Catalogue, Art History, Buddhist Art, China, Silk Road).
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