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BOOKS & ARTICLE BY WEI YANG


Chinese Jade

Dr. Wei Yang is a lifelong educator and writer on Chinese art connoisseurship and valuation. Over the past few years, Wei Yang, Ph.D., has been preparing three English-language reference books on the connoisseurship, evaluation and Appraisal of Chinese Art. Even now, both experts and the general public face a dearth of good reference works on Chinese art. Dr. Yang’s new work is designed to assist professionals (appraisers, sales agents, legal counsel, consultants) as well as collectors and the general public in mastering the basics, learning the skills and developing expertise in the appraisal of Chinese art. These publications are based on Dr. Yang’s research notes as well as knowledge gained in specific assignments over the course of her career. Each book addresses the history and main features of the medium, techniques and materials, cultural traditions, aesthetics and art criticism. The books wed these subjects to a comprehensive, practical, and objective appraisal methodology appropriate to the subject matter and accessible to newcomers. Wei Yang’s three guides cover traditional painting and calligraphy (2022), ceramics (forthcoming) and jade (forthcoming).

 

Wei Yang’s Guide to Chinese Painting and Calligraphy (2 volumes, Tianjin: Nankai University Press, 2022) is now the standard reference for the appreciation and appraisal of classical Chinese painting and calligraphy prior to 1911. Focusing on connoisseurship, art criticism, valuation criteria and market trends, it discusses issues fundamental to the identification, dating, ranking and authenticity of classical Chinese fine art. It provides original, workable guidelines for valuing classical Chinese painting and calligraphy. General topics include medium, format, painting techniques, classical scripts, inscriptions, seals and market trends. The bulk of the book is the biography and artistic analysis, in chronological format, of the leading painters and representative paintings of their time. For each artist, the author explains their style, subject matter and evolution over time, as well as market appreciation and recent sales results. Overall, this guidebook aims to remove the mystery from understanding and appraising classical Chinese painting and calligraphy and to guide the reader through a logical, comprehensible system of professional judgment.


"Five Mistakes in Appraising Premodern Chinese Paintings," ARM E-Journal 5, no. 1 (2021): 58-62. This article discusses the complexities of traditional Chinese painting, cultural traditions and visual aesthetics. It comments on how to avoid the five most serious errors in assessing the value of classical Chinese paintings. Some of these problems are particular to Chinese painting, but most crop up in other forms of valuation.




Wei Yang's Memoir

Desert Bloom (Beijing: Beijing Press, 2020), Wei Yang's Memoir (in Chinese), is a heart-warming testament to the amazing people who made possible her journey from the difficulties of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) to a career in China, education abroad, and new achievements in the United States. Like others, Wei Yang faced many challenges, beginning with failure in the college entrance exam when she was 16. But owing to the love and support of others, she built a career in art education in China, earned degrees and honors abroad, worked in academia, and founded a successful art appraisal practice in America. This book offers beautifully-drawn vignettes of family devotion, kindness of friends and support from mentors—in many walks of life and from many cultures.






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