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The Art of Mu Xin: Landscape Paintings and Prison Notes
Published by Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2001
With contributions by Richard Barnhart, Jonathan Hay, Toming Jun Liu, Alexandra Munroe, and Wu Hung, 

Mu Xin was one of the leading expatriate artist-intellectuals of our time. A formidable figure in the cultural and intellectual history of Chinese modernism, Mu Xin was admired for his unique synthesis of Chinese and Western aesthetic sensibilities. This beautifully illustrated catalogue focuses on a group of 33 landscape paintings that Mu Xin painted in 1978–79, in the immediate aftermath of the Cultural Revolution. Prior to this catalogue, many of these works had never been exhibited or published in the West. In addition, the book features Mu Xin’s Prison Notes, some 66 calligraphic sheets that were written when the artist was in solitary confinement in China in 1972. This catalogue accompanied an exhibition co-organized by the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, and the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago in 2001–02.

ISBN: 978-0300090758