The University of California Press is pleased to announce a new, revised and expanded edition available for Fall 2018 courses:

The Arts of China, Sixth Edition by Michael Sullivan, with Shelagh Vainker

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Internationally renowned and a crucial classroom text, The Arts of China has been revised and expanded by the late Michael Sullivan, with Shelagh Vainker.

Features include:

  • significant visual enhancements including all new maps, and approximately one hundred new color illustrations—bringing the total to well over four hundred color illustrations
  • increased attention to modern and contemporary art and to calligraphy throughout China’s history, with additional discussions of work by women artists
  • updated attributions and dating throughout
  • a revised bibliography, reflecting the latest archaeological discoveries

Written in the engaging and lucid style that is Sullivan’s hallmark, this text makes it easy for readers to understand the distinct characteristics of each period of art and to gain a clearer view of how Chinese art has changed in relation to its historical context. With many improvements that bring it fully up to date, The Arts of China, Sixth Edition will remain the most comprehensive and widely read introduction to the history of Chinese art.

Praise for The Arts of China:

“A classic in the study of Chinese art, this book has introduced the subject to generations of readers.”—Sonya Lee, University of Southern California

“Erudite, thought-provoking, yet lucid and accessible. Sullivan’s book engages and edifies students more than all other surveys of Chinese art. A true classic.”—Tan Chang, Pennsylvania State University

“Michael Sullivan’s introduction to Chinese art history is unsurpassed in its clarity, balance, and sure grasp of the subject.”—Jerome Silbergeld, Princeton University

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