Culture in Common explores the transnational history of traditionalist art in modern East Asia through a contextualist account of a Chinese artist’s engagement with Japan. Crossing national and disciplinary divides, Walter Davis illuminates how Wang Yiting (1867-1938) mediated Sino-Japanese cooperation in fields to which he contributed importantly—art, business, philanthropy, and religion—adapting traditional forms of expression to projects and concerns of a modern, international milieu.
Grounded in the Japanese archive,
Culture in Common expands our understanding of Wang Yiting’s oeuvre and artistic practices, reveals origins, accomplishments, promises, and limitations of the cross-cultural exchanges he espoused in an era of increasing international tensions, and draws attention to the historical importance and shifting historiographical fortunes of twentieth-century Sino-Japanese visual culture.
Walter B. Davis, Ph.D. (2008), Ohio State University, is an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta. His All under Heaven: The Chinese World in Maps, Pictures, and Texts from the Collection of Floyd Sully won an A.L.A. Leab Award.
Art historians, historians, and other readers interested in modern China and Japan’s painting, calligraphy, art institutions, art historiography, traditional religion, business, politics, and philanthropy.