We're excited to host author Shelley Drake Hawks on Sunday, December 10th, at noon as she signs & discusses her book "The Art of Resistance"! Light refreshments will be provided!
About the Book:
The Art of Resistance surveys the lives of seven painters--Ding Cong (1916-2009), Feng Zikai (1898-1975), Li Keran (1907-89), Li Kuchan (1898-1983), Huang Yongyu (b. 1924), Pan Tianshou (1897-1971), and Shi Lu (1919-82)--during China's Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), a time when they were considered counterrevolutionary and were forbidden to paint. Drawing on interviews with the artists and their families and on materials collected during her visits to China, Shelley Drake Hawks examines their painting styles, political outlooks, and life experiences.
These fiercely independent artists took advantage of moments of low surveillance to secretly "paint by candlelight." In doing so, they created symbolically charged art that is open to multiple interpretations. The wit, courage, and compassion of these painters will inspire respect for the deep emotional and spiritual resonance of Chinese art.
About the Author:
Shelley Drake Hawks’ new book, The Art of Resistance: Painting by Candlelight in Mao’s China, is based on years of original research about Chinese artists. She is an historian who grew up in Oklahoma City and now teaches art history at Middlesex Community College in Lowell, MA. Previously, she taught at Rhode Island School of Design, Boston University, University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Mt. Holyoke College. She earned a masters in Regional Studies—East Asia from Harvard University and a doctorate in history from Brown University. During the 1980s, she worked in the commercial art field representing Chinese painters in New York and later was a research assistant in the Asiatic Art Department of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her gorgeously illustrated book will be published by University of Washington Press in November 2017.