Transitions of Taste in China: Fundamental Aesthetic Shifts as Seen Through Tang, Song and Yuan Dynasty Ceramics
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About the Event
Tastes in material culture in China have changed over the centuries according to dynastic rule and influences of religion, technology, materials and adoption of foreign styles. At no time were these transitions more exciting than during the periods between the 7th and 14th centuries.
From the Tang and through the Song and Yuan Dynasties, China experienced great wealth, cosmopolitanism, leaps in technology, political upheaval and unprecedented contact with Western world, all of which were reflected in their ceramic traditions.
Using examples from his own inventory, Zetterquist will illustrate these stylistic transitions in the ceramics of those periods, while also discussing the changes in technology that allowed these new styles to be more fully expressed.
About Eric Zetterquist
Eric Zetterquist studied in Japan for two years before graduating from New York University. He began his career working for Mingei Gallery (later Sugimoto Works of Art) in New York in the 1980s. In 1992 he opened his own gallery - Zetterquist Galleries - in New York. While most Asian antiquities galleries choose one country and show several different media from that country, Zetterquist chose to show one medium, ceramics, and cover all of the Near and Far East. The flow of materials with stylistic and technical influences around the region over the past 2000 years tells a fascinating story that gets more exciting with time.
Above: Sancai Tripod Plate, China, Tang Dynasty 618-907 AD. Earthenware, diameter 10". Collection of Eric Zetterling.
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