Modern Ink: The Art of Qi Baishi

August 14, 2014

Marquand Books has teamed up with the Mozhai Foundation to produce a series of monographs focusing on major Chinese ink painters who worked between the mid-1800s and the Cultural Revolution of 1966. The greatest artists of this period reinvented the time-honored modes of ink painting and revitalized traditional art techniques. The first book in the series, Modern Ink: The Art of Qi Baishi, will be released in September.

Born into a poor farming family in 1864, Qi Baishi rose to fame during China’s century of civil strife. His work used a distinctly modern art language to transform elite brush painting into a universal art form appreciated by people of all social backgrounds. The Mozhai Foundation recently sponsored an exhibition of Qi Baishi’s work at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum.

Modern Ink: The Art of Qi Baishi was produced by Marquand Books and designed by John Hubbard. The 144-page monograph includes essays by series editor Britta Erickson, Mozhai Foundation advisor Craig L. Yee, and the late scholar Jung Ying Tsao, accompanied by 109 color illustrations. The book is published in association with the Mozhai Foundation and the University of Hawai’i Press.

The Mozhai Foundation was created to broaden public awareness and appreciation of traditional Chinese art. Forthcoming monographs in the Modern Ink series include catalogues of the work of artists Xugu and Wu Changshi.

For information on preordering copies of Modern Ink: The Art of Qi Baishi, visit the University of Hawai’i Press.


Photography by Jeremy Linden