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Bridges to Heaven

Essays on East Asian Art in Honor of Professor Wen C. Fong

Edited by Jerome Silbergeld, Dora C.Y. Ching, Judith G. Smith, and Alfreda Murck
Bridges to Heaven book cover volume 1
Published in 2011 by P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art, Princeton University, in association with Princeton University Press
Hardcover  |  ISBN 9780691152981
960 pp.  |  12.5 × 9.5  |  2 volumes  |  568 halftones

Wen C. Fong established America’s first program in East Asian art history at Princeton University, where he taught Chinese art from 1954 to 1999. During this time, he supervised more than thirty PhDs, most of whom have gone on to hold professorships or museum positions throughout the United States, East Asia, and Europe. This two-volume book honors Professor Fong’s extraordinary half-century career at Princeton and The Metropolitan Museum of Art by gathering thirty-nine essays on Chinese, Japanese, and Korean art history, written by his students and by some of his lifelong colleagues in this field of study. These full-length essays address a wide range of subjects, building bridges in many directions, from early jades and bronzes through traditional painting and prints, to photography, cinema, and modern museum practice. The diversity, depth, and originality of these essays make this work a monumental contribution to the study of the arts of East Asia. The book includes an interview with Professor Fong, conducted by Jerome Silbergeld, and a bibliography of Fong’s work.

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