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Book: Spirit Stones – The Ancient Art of the Scholar’s Rocks

Spirit Stones – The Ancient Art of the Scholar’s Rocks Text by Kemin Hu and Thomas S. Elias Photography by Jonathan Singer Brilliant photographs of scholars’ rocks, or Chinese ornamental stones, from a leading collection. Shaped by nature and selected by man, scholars’ rocks, or gongshi, have been prized by Chinese intellectuals since the Tang dynasty, and are now sought after by Western collectors as well. They are a natural subject for the photographer Jonathan Singer, most recently acclaimed for his images of those other remarkable hybrids of art…

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The Romance of Scholar’s Stones: Adventures in Appreciation

The Romance of Scholar’s Stones: Adventures in Appreciation by Kemin Hu Although Chinese scholars’ stones fascinate, they do not speak; they reveal their mysteries only grudgingly to those who take the time to observe and to investigate. In seven essays the author relates important lessons learned over a lifetime of collecting and researching these intriguing creations of nature. What did Chinese connoisseurs of a thousand years ago mean by the enigmatic terms shou, zhou, lou, and tou? Were “ink mountain stones” the earliest collected stone form, and were…

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Modern Chinese Scholars’ Rocks – A Guide for Collectors

Modern Chinese Scholars’ Rocks – A Guide for Collectors By Kemin Hu Through descriptions and color photographs, Modern Chinese Scholars’ Rocks introduces 50 stone types, including their mineral compositions, typical colors, hardness on the Mohr scale, and where they are found or quarried. Also included in this book are ways to position stones, choosing the right stand and right display, craftsmanship of stand making, and more. $29.95 – buy from Amazon Floating World Editions, 2006 8.5″ x 11″, Soft Cover Other Books on Scholars’ Rocks…

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The Suyuan Stone Catalogue: Scholars’ Rocks in Ancient China

The Suyuan Stone Catalogue: Scholars’ Rocks in Ancient China by Kemin Hu This is one of the most comprehensive and important texts on the collection and appreciation of scholars’ rocks (gongshi) in ancient China. The selections included here, the first to be published in English, are presented with insightful commentary and over 188 wood-block and full-color illustrations, creating an invaluable reference book for all those interested in traditional Chinese aesthetics, gardens, penjing, or simply the brilliant art of nature. $50 buy from Amazon Weatherhill, 2002…

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The Spirit of Gongshi: Chinese Scholar’s Rocks

The Spirit of Gongshi: Chinese Scholar’s Rocks By Kemin Hu With essays by Ian Wilson, Richard Rosenblum, C.C. Wang, and Hu Zhaokang. This column is a survey of Chinese Scholar’s Rocks from important private collections in America and China. Over 200 color illustrations, text in English and Chinese. $40 buy from Amazon Paragon, 1998 128 pages. 8.5″ x 11″, Soft Cover Other Books on Scholars’ Rocks by Kemin Hu Spirit Stones – The Ancient Art of the Scholar’s Rocks (2014) The Romance of Scholar’s Stones: Adventures…

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Art of the Natural World: Resonances of Wild Nature in Chinese Sculptural Art

Art of the Natural World: Resonances of Wild Nature in Chinese Sculptural Art By Richard Rosenblum This volume offers a meditation by the noted artist and collector Richard Rosenblum on the philosophy and spirit of Chinese art of the natural world, from scholars’ rocks to related objects in wood, metal, and ceramic – as well as such reverse manifestations as works sculptured to replicate natural art. $35 MFA Publications, 2001 157 pages. 7.5″ x 10.5″, Hard Cover

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