Bridges to Heaven
Essays on East Asian Art in Honor of Professor Wen C. Fong (Two-Volume Set)
Edited by Jerome Silbergeld, Dora C. Y. Ching, Judith G. Smith & Alfreda Murck
Wen C. Fong established America's first program in East Asian art history at Princeton University, where he taught Chinese art from 1954 to 1999. During this time, he supervised more than thirty PhD students, most of whom have gone on to hold professorships or museum positions throughout the United States, East Asia, and Europe. This two-volume book honors Professor Fong's extraordinary half-century career at Princeton and the Metropolitan Museum of Art by gathering almost forty essays on Chinese, Japanese, and Korean art history, written by his students and by some of his lifelong colleagues in this field of study. These full-length essays address a wide range of subjects, building bridges in many directions, from early jades and bronzes through traditional painting and prints, to photography, cinema, and modern museum practice. The diversity, depth, and originality of these essays make this work a monumental contribution to the study of the arts of East Asia.
The book includes an interview of Professor Fong, conducted by Jerome Silbergeld, and a bibliography of Fong's work.
Jerome Silbergeld is the P. Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Professor of Chinese Art History at Princeton University and director of Princeton's Tang Center for East Asian Art. Dora C. Y. Ching is associate director of the Tang Center for East Asian Art. Judith G. Smith is administrator in the Department of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Alfreda Murck is guest research fellow at the Center for Research on Ancient Chinese Painting and Calligraphy at the Palace Museum, Beijing.