ArtbytheBookArt by the Book: Painting Manuals and the Leisure Life in Late Ming China
2012, University of Washington Press
J.P. Park, author

Sometime before 1579, Zhou Lujing, a professional writer living in a bustling commercial town in southeastern China, published a series of lavishly illustrated books, which constituted the first multigenre painting manuals in Chinese history. Their popularity was immediate and their contents and format were widely reprinted and disseminated in a number of contemporary publications. Focusing on Zhou’s work,Art by the Book describes how such publications accommodated the cultural taste and demands of the general public, and shows how painting manuals functioned as a form in which everything from icons of popular culture to graphic or literary cliche was presented to both gratify and shape the sensibilities of a growing reading public. As a special commodity of early modern China, when cultural standing was measured by a person’s command of literati taste and lore, painting manuals provided nonelite readers with a device for enhancing social capital.

J. P. Park builds on important recent research on social status, economic development, and print publishing in late imperial China to show how a world of social meaning is evident in the literary subgenre of painting manuals, and provides insight into the links between art history, print culture, and social history.

KeepingItRealKeeping it Real: Korean Artists in the Age of Multi-Media Representation
2012, Workroom
J.P. Park, author

한국의 현대미술을 탐색하고자 2012년 2월 4일부터 5월 12일까지 콜로라도 대학 미술 박물관에서 열린 전시 <Keeping It Real: Korean Artists in the Age of Multi-Media Representations>와 연계해 발행된 책이다. 서울, 뉴욕, 유럽에서 각기 흩어져 작업하는 작가들의 결과물은 아시아 미술의 스테레오타입에 도전하는, 그리하여 세계와 경험을 공유하는 작품들이다. 한경우, 지용호, 정연두, 김신일, 곽선경, 이형구, 이재이, 신기원이 참여했다.