SpiritStones

Spirit Stones the Ancient Art of the Scholar’s Rock

by Kemin Hu

$95.00

9780789211521

Shaped by nature and selected by man, scholars’ rocks, or gongshi, have been prized by Chinese intellectuals since the Tang dynasty, and are now sought after by Western collectors as well. They are a natural subject for the photographer Jonathan M. Singer, most recently acclaimed for his images of those other remarkable hybrids of art and nature, Japanese bonsai. Here Singer turns his lens on some 140 fine gongshi, ancient and modern, from the world-class collection of Kemin Hu, a recognized authority on this art form. In his photographs, Singer captures the spiritual qualities of these stones as never thought possible in two dimensions. He shows us that scholars’ rocks truly are, in Hu’s words, “condensations of the vital essence and energy of heaven and earth.” Hu contributes an introductory essay on the history and aesthetics of scholars’ rocks, explaining the traditional terms of stone appreciation, such as shou (thin), zhou (wrinkled), lou (channels), and tou (holes). She also provides a narrative caption for each stone, describing its history and characteristics. (Abbeville) (Abbeville,  2014, HC/slipcase, 216pp, approx. 280 duotones)

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Kemin Hu

Chinese American 

Kemin Hu, one of the foremost experts on scholar rocks, or “spirit stones,” inherited her passion for stones from her father, a noted connoisseur of Chinese antiquities. She has become a recognized authority on scholars’ rocks through her long career as a dealer, collector and author, educating the world on these collectibles.  Cherished by the Chinese for generations as a focus for meditation on metaphysical principles and the arts, these stones are treasured for their natural art, and the impressions that they inspire.

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