About the event. Daughter of artist, Xu Fangfang will hold a book signing and introduce her memoir. Galloping Horses: Artist Xu Beihong and His Family in Mao’s China. Xu describes how Xu Beihong’s family and legacy survived the turbulence of Mao’s ever-changing policies, which dictated the direction of art and music from 1949 through the turbulent ten-year Cultural Revolution. This book offers untold experiences of Xu Beihong during this period. Please visit www. BeihongChinaArts.com Xu Beihong (1895-1953) is widely known as the father of modern Chinese painting. The human feelings and Chinese aesthetics in his art have moved the hearts of many viewers throughout the world. Xu Beihong pioneered China's art education. He was the first Chinese artist to systematically incorporate high-standard Western sketching from life and oil painting into the curricula at China’s major art institutions. From 1927 until his death in 1953, he trained several generations of Chinese artists.
Author Xu FangfangBorn and raised in Beijing, China, Xu Fangfang moved to the U.S. in 1981 and earned a B.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. In 2000, she became the founding director of the music department at Renmin University of China. She helped initiate and facilitate the first comprehensive solo U.S. exhibition of her father Xu Beihong’s work, presented by the Denver Art Museum, Oct. 2011-Jan. 2012. She has published several articles on Xu Beihong and his art, including “Xu Beihong, Pioneer of Modern Chinese Painting” in Arts of Asia 42, no. 1 (2012), and “Xu Beihong’s Life and Art” in Xu Beihong: Pioneer of Modern Chinese Painting, Denver Art Museum, 2011.
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