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A Message from the Publisher

Nixi Cura
Ph.D Candidate
Institute of Fine Arts
New York University

Welcome to's second issue on traditional art. We were delighted by the enthusiastic reception to the first issue in Fall 1999. Readers have encouraged us to meet their eager demands for news on Chinese art by Chinese scholars, and contributors have marveled at the dynamic possibilites offered by the digital multimedia format. We are thus galvanized to continue our mission to publish current trends in scholarship, to offer fresh news of discoveries and exhibitions, and to nurture tangible academic exchange.

Our initial foray into the Web was not without its pitfalls.

For instance, although the first issue included several freely downloadable color reproductions of objects discussed, the magazine layout did not substantially differ from the standard arrangement of text and image inherited from print publishing. In this issue, we venture further in offering multiple sections of paintings, as opposed to single views. In future issues, we will also make available clearer reproductions of detailed sections. Even further along, we hope to take greater advantage of our electronic platform by more fully and more imaginatively integrating not only text with image, but with sound as well. This may take the form of relevant musical fragments, excerpts from lectures, and ambient sounds. We encourage submissions from contributors who wish to experiment with these multimedia alternatives.

Another snag involved slowness in downloading the site. With this in mind, each article can now be viewed in three formats: the fastest contains text only; another level contains both images and text; and a third level contains image, text, and original Chinese-language annotations of important phrases, Chinese names, publication titles, and place names.

One of the original goals was to establish peer review of primary articles. So far, we have had limited success because of the lead time required of the China-based contributors and the subsequent multiple trans-Pacific translations. Ideally, we wish to publish the comments of readers alongside the original article. In this issue, for example, we offer two opinions each on two issues � the authenticity of the handscroll Ten Songs by Zhang Xian and a recent publication on Qingming shanghe Studies. In future issues, we hope to incorporate similar commentary by scholars from Taiwan, Hong Kong, the U.S., and Europe. We are aware that many academics and graduate students concerned with professional reputations remain skeptical of academic Web publishing. As a refereed journal, we are attempting to address these concerns.

Another goal, to provide up-to-date information on events in China, has come to fruition in a new News section, which features: exhibitions in China; synopses of noteworthy articles provided by our staff and by China Archaeology and Art Digest; summaries of new books and book reviews by scholars in the field, and major archaeological discoveries digested from the biweekly Zhongguo wenwu bao (China Archaeology News).

As always, we welcome comments and suggestions on the content and design of the site, especially from those readers who consider themselves technologically challenged. In our experience, we only progress when our audience gains equal footing, step by step.



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Nixi Cura

On the State of the Field
Scholarship in the History of Ancient Painting in the 1990s

by Xue Yongnian

Puyi's Legacy
New Discoveries of Calligraphy and Painting from the Palace Museum's "List of Lost Works"
by Liu Jianlong

A Record-Breaking Purchase by the Palace Museum

Zhang Xian's Ten Odes
by Yang Lili

Zhang Xian's Ten Odes: Counterpoint

On the Inauthenticity of Ten Odes by Zhang Xian of the Northern Song Dynasty
by Wu Gan

Select Bibliography on Chinese Painting

Palace Museum Exhibition
"Treasures of Painting and Calligraphy Acquired by the Palace Museum over the Last 50 Years"
by Fu Dongguang

Palace Museum Exhibition
"Grand Exhibition of Cultural Relics Collected over the Last 50 Years"

Palace Museum Symposium
Academic Symposium Accompanying the
"Grand Exhibition of Cultural Relics Collected over the Last 50 Years" at the Palace Museum
by Wang Qi

Shanghai Museum
The Shanghai Museum Holds A Symposium on Its Exhibition of Masterpieces
by Xue Yongnian

Liaoning Provincial Museum
An Assembly of Masterpieces, Presented in Radiant Splendor: Record of the "Exhibition of Treasures from the Ten Great Archaeological Discoveries in Liaoning"
by Ma Cheng


Important Results from the Liao Tomb Excavation at Jarud Qi
by Tala, Yang Jie, and Dong Linxin

Three Eastern Han Tombs with Wall Paintings at Otog
by Wang Dafang and Yang Zemeng

"Appreciation and Analysis of the Murals Unearthed from a Song Tomb at Wang Shang Village in Dengfeng, Henan Province
by Zhang Songlin and Zhang Deshui

"A Breakthrough in the Interpretation of the 'Stone Carvings' at Junshan"
by Chen Xiangyuan

"Notes on the Excavation of Han Tomb No. 1 at Huxi Mountain, Yuanling"
by Guo Weimin

"Animal Designs and Chinese Script on the 'Five Stars of the East Favor the Central Kingdom' Brocade"
by Li Ling

Extracts from China Archaeology and Art Digest 3:2/3 (January 2000): Painting and Pictorial Arts
Ding Xiyuan on Quehua qiuse tu
Hao Junhong on Ma Shouzhen
Shan Guoqiang on "Haipai"
Yu Hui on Yuan court artists

Macao Art Museum
"The Efflorescence of a Prosperous Age: Fine Works of Qing Dynasty Painting and Objects of the Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong Reigns in the Collection of the Palace Museum"

National Gallery, Washington, DC

"The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology: Celebrated Discoveries from the People's Republic of China"
by Andrew K. Y. Leung

The Qingming shanghe Scroll and Qingming shanghe Studies
by Wang Qi

On Qingming shanghe Studies
by Nie Chongzheng

Chai Zejun: Collected Works on Ancient Architecture

Fifty Years of Archaeology in New China

Back Issues

Volume 1, Issue 1
(October 1999)

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