Magic, dragons, and wizarding schools—these words might conjure up images of Harry Potter, but before J. K. Rowling dominated the world of witchcraft and wizardry, Ursula K. Le Guin was investigating the power of language through a boy wizard in her novel series, The Wizard of Earthsea. Unlike Rowling, however, Le Guin’s early exploration of adolescent wizardry by no means defined her career as an author. For over five decades, she explored morality and humanity in a plethora of science fiction prose.
The Art History/Classics Library at UC Berkeley has received a donation of four books on Modern Chinese Painting from the American Society for the Advancement of Chinese Arts (ASACA), and the Bay-Area based, Chinese-American artist Hou Beiren.
Hou Beiren Art Museum, published by the Hou Beiren Art Museum in the city of Kunshan, China, 2005
Century Meeting of Writing Brush: Collection of Zhu Qizhan and Hou Beiren’s special works for the Shanghai World Expo, published by Beijing Arts & Crafts Publishing House, China, 2010
Selected Paintings of Pei-Jen Hau (Selected Paintings of Beiren Hou), published by Foreign Languages Press, Beijing, China, 1997
夢裏家山: 遼寧籍旅美畫家侯北人捐贈作品集 (Homeland in My Dreams: Donated Artworks by Hou Beiren, An American Artist from Liaoning), published by Liaoning People’s Publishing House, China, 2015
Pictured: Karen Tseng and Susan Chan of the American Society for the Advancement of Chinese Arts (ASACA), with the Art Librarian.
Richard Kuo-Pin Sun recently presented the Art History/Classics Library with a $50,000 endowment to support the purchase of materials in the field of photography. As the annual income grows over the years, this gift will have a significant impact on collection development for this area.
Mr. Sun has also selected and donated several important books (with a focus on photography) that have been added to UCB?s collections. To search for all of the titles, do a Quick Search in Pathfinder for ?Sun, Richard? and click on the “Notes” command.
Anyone with an interest in both photography and supporting collection development at UCB is welcome to contribute to this endowment.
Contact Kathryn Wayne , Head, Art History/Classics Library, for further information.
Donor Richard Sun
Donor Richard Sun is featured in the latest issue of Fiat Lux (Summer 2007, No. 4). See pages 7-8.
I am pleased to announce a new gift of $20,000 from the Stuart Buchalter estate which will be added to the Gail and Stuart Buchalter Fund for the Study of Contemporary Art endowment. This endowment has greatly helped us build excellent collections in contemporary art in the past and will continue to do so in the future.
Kathryn Wayne, Fine Arts Librarian
I am pleased to announce the purchase of The Cicognara Library, a major research tool that will be of interest to scholars studying history of art, architecture and archaeology in the 18th and 19th centuries. This microfiche set will be housed in the Environmental Design Library and will be accessible in approximately 2-3 months.
In 1824 the Vatican Library acquired from Conte Leopoldo Cicognara (1767-1834) his famous library of approximately five thousand books on art, archaeology, and allied subjects. The books date, in a virtually unbroken sequence, from the beginning of printing to Cicognara’s time. It was the largest and most judiciously selected library in the field ever brought together. To this day its possession establishes the Vatican Library as a generously equipped center for studies in the literature and the history of art and classical archaeology as well as of art criticism, taste, and aesthetics.
Cicognara was a poet and an amateur artist, a patron of the arts and one of the founding fathers of the discipline of art history. He reconstituted the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Venice (both the school and the museum) and for many years served as its president. His book on the history of sculpture, Storia della scultura dal suo risorgimento in Italia fino al secolo di Canova (title of the revised 2nd. edition, Prato, 1823-4; 1st ed., Venice, 1813-1818) remains unsurpassed.
Included among these books are many bound volumes of engravings with texts that show how to draw and paint, how perspective works, how to build houses, bridges, fountains, machines, etc. In addition, there is a large stock of books and pamphlets on museums and private collections, sales catalogs, travel to historic and artistic sites, many volumes of engravings of works of art and architecture, feasts, funerary rites and solemn entries, costume and dress, emblems, hieroglyphs, and much more. A perusal of the library offers an enlightening view of how artists worked and how collectors and patrons of art made their choices.
The generous interest in the Project of the Vatican Library and the support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation help make this possible. The films are taken by the Photographic Department of the Vatican Library and turned into microfiches by Chadwyck-Healey, Ltd. of Cambridge, England. This is currently a joint program of the Vatican Library and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
For more information, contact Kathryn Wayne, Fine Arts Librarian
Some of the above text excerpted from: www.cicognara.com
I am very pleased to announce a new endowment for art history, The Greil and Jenelle Marcus Endowment Fund. This bequest, generously funded by the Estate of Gerald D. Marcus, was recently distributed to the University of California Berkeley by Greil and Janelle Marcus. The endowment will help us build world-class scholarly collections in art history, supporting both current and future students and faculty. As we continue to face lean economic times, I am greatly appreciative to the Marcus family for establishing this important endowment.
Kathryn Wayne, Head
Art History/Classics Library
The Art History/Classics Library thanks Leonidas Petrakis for his continued support, having purchased The Greek Poets: Homer to the Present, PA3622.A2 C66 2010, for AH-C collections.