Laing: Selling Happiness: Calendar Posters and Visual Culture in Early-Twentieth-Century Shanghai. Hardcover

  • Selling Happiness: Calendar Posters and Visual Culture in Early-Twentieth-Century Shanghai. Hardcover
  • by Laing, Ellen Johnston
  • x, 305 pages. 2004
Laing considers the origin and evolution of modern commercial art in China. Her analysis focuses on the colorful advertisement calendar posters created by artists working in Shanghai during the first half of the twentieth century. Drawing upon a wide range of written sources and private art collections, she provides biographies for 11 major commercial artists and examines the relationships between the marketing and publishing industries. The text is accompanied throughout by b&w artistic reproductions.
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