Gardens, Art and Commerce in Chinese Woodblock Prints, an exhibition of Chinese woodblock prints from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, is on view September 17,2016 to January 9, 2017 at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA. Co-curated by June Li, curator emerita of the Chinese garden at the Huntington, and Suzanne Wright, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Tennessee, it takes the garden as its overarching theme. it includes images of historical gardens; depictions of gardens in illustrated fiction and drama, focusing on literary work in which gardens play a significant role; topographical landscapes; illustrated books on specialized topics related to gardens such as rocks, fish, and plants; botanical imagery; and depictions of activities considered suitable for gardens, such as playing chess, writing and recitation of poetry, drinking games, painting, and writing calligraphy. It draws on three Chinese collections – the National Library in Beijing, Shanghai Museum, and Nanjing Library—and as well as sixteen museum, libraries and private collections in the US. It is the first major exhibition of Chinese woodblock prints outside the northeast United States and is wider in scope and more comprehensive in its presentation of chronological and regional pictorial prints than any of its predecessors. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog with entries for the fifty-two objects and essays on regional print styles by Suzanne Wright and the Ten Bamboo Studio Manual of Calligraphy and Painting by June Li.
Please visit the website If you would like to learn more information about the exhibition, to view the press release, and also images of objects in the exhibition.