C.C. Wang

Lines of Abstraction



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C.C. Wang (1907-2003) is best known as a preeminent twentieth-century connoisseur and collector of pre-modern Chinese art, a reputation that often overshadows his own art. Lines of Abstraction brings attention to Wang’s artistic experimentations. Spanning seven decades, the catalog focuses on the artist’s distinctive synthesis of Chinese literati ink art and American postwar abstraction.

Born to a family of scholar-officials at the twilight of the Qing dynasty, Wang mastered the traditional ink and brush techniques in Republican China and immigrated to New York City. There he sought to perfect the literati painting, a genre associated with Chinese artist-intellectuals that blends calligraphy, painting, and poetry. Drawing inspiration from this historic art form, as well as New York’s artistic climate in the wake of World War II, he advanced breakthrough transformations in ink painting. Held twenty years after the artist’s death, a 2023 exhibit of Wang’s art was hosted by two venues, one at Hunter College and the second at the University of Minnesota. This exhibition catalog includes one hundred color images and features contributions by Daniel Greenberg and Joseph Scheier-Dolberg.

Additional information

Weight 744 g
Dimensions 20.7 x 26 cm
Publisher name Hirmer Verlag GmbH
Publication date 30 October 2023
Number of pages 128
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Wen-Shing Chou and Daniel M. Greenberg, Contributions by Arnold Chang and Joseph Scheier-Dolberg
Dimensions 20.7 x 26 cm
Weight 744 g


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Wen-shing Chou is associate professor of Chinese art history at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of Mount Wutai: Visions of a Sacred Buddhist Mountain.

Daniel Greenberg is assistant professor of Chinese art history at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Greenberg specializes in the artistic and cultural exchange in early modern China and its relationship to Europe and neighboring countries such as Tibet, Mongolia, and Japan.