From Library Journal
So much has changed since Sullivan's Chinese Art in the Twentieth Century (1959. o.p.) that this important update retained only six of the original's pages. In addition to the sweeping historical changes that occurred during this time, the field has acquired a new respectability, reflected by an increase in exhibitions, collections, and scholarship. Several books published recently that focus on a particular period or style within modern Chinese art perhaps surpass this one in depth; the significance of the present large tome lies in its broad survey?spanning the entire century?by a pioneer in the subject. His central thesis is the renewal of Chinese art under Western cultural and aesthetic influence. An extensive biographical index and copious illustrations make this a worthy investment for any library with an interest in either 20th-century or Asian art.?Heidi Martin Winston, NYPL
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From the Inside Flap
"Sullivan presents a wealth of material that has never before appeared in a Western language. I expect it will be the standard book on twentieth-century Chinese art for the foreseeable future."Julia F. Andrews, author of Painters and Politics in the People's Republic of China
"A most sympathetic and useful guide to twentieth-century Chinese art. Long the leading scholar on the subject, Professor Sullivan has presented a lucid account of a most dramatic chapter in Chinese art in a complex interplay of aesthetics, politics, cultural, and social history."Wen C. Fong, Princeton University
"So much of China's art in the twentieth century has to do with artistic (and political) ideas from the West that is is appropriate that one of its first comprehensive histories should be written by a Western scholarespecially one who has known personally many of China's leading artistic figures of the last fifty years. Not only does Professor Sullivan tell the complex story of twentieth century China art with lucidity and style, his learned text is also illuminated with witty anecdotes and incisive observations that can only come from an indsider."Johnson Chang (Chang Tson-zung), Director, Hanart Tz Gallery, Hong Kong