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Chinese Art and Authenticity

1843rd Stated Meeting and Regional Induction Ceremony - San Francisco
Speaker: James Cahill (University of California, Berkeley)
Commentator: Jerome Silbergeld (University of Washington)
March 3, 2001

The Academy's 1843rd Stated Meeting, "Chinese Art and Authenticity," was presented by one of the world's leading experts in Asian Art, James Cahill. From 1965 until his retirement in 1994, Cahill was Professor of the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley and Curator of Asian Art, University Art Museum. In 1995, the College Art Association awarded him its Lifetime Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award.

Cahill's early work dealt with the theory and practice of scholar-amateur painting in China; subsequently he published the first coherent and detailed account of Chinese painting from the 14th through the 17th century. His five lecture series at Harvard, Columbia and the University of Kansas.have resulted in publications, including The Compelling Image: Nature and Style in 17th Century Chinese Painting and The Painters' Practice; How Artists Lived and Worked in Traditional China. His most recent Getty Lectures at the University of Southern California are being prepared for publication under the title The Flower and the Mirror: Representations of Women in Late Chinese Painting.

Commentator Jerome Silbergeld has taught Chinese art history at the University of Washington for twenty-five years and is the author of Chinese Painting Style and Chinese Painting Colors. His other books include studies of 20th-century Chinese artists, the contemporary Chinese cinema, and government regulation of the arts in the People's Republic.

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