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Separating Sheep from Goats

Sherman E. Lee and Chinese Art Collecting in Postwar America

Noelle Giuffrida (Author)

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Hardcover, 280 pages
ISBN: 9780520297425
July 2018
$65.00, £55.00
Separating Sheep from Goats investigates the history of collecting and exhibiting Chinese art through the lens of the career of renowned American curator and museum director Sherman E. Lee (1918–2008). Drawing upon artworks and archival materials, Noelle Giuffrida excavates an international society of collectors, dealers, curators, and scholars who comprised the art world in which Lee operated. From his early training in Michigan and his work in occupied Japan as a monuments man to his acquisitions, exhibitions, and publications for museums in Detroit, Seattle, and Cleveland, this study traces how Lee shaped public and scholarly understandings of Chinese art.
Noelle Giuffrida is a professor of East Asian art whose research and scholarship focuses on the history of collecting and exhibiting Chinese art in twentieth-century America and the visual culture of Daoism in late imperial China.

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