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The first chapter of this survey of contemporary fine art made by Chinese artists working both in China and worldwide is titled "Why China, Why Now?"-and the answer is woven throughout a text that examines painting, sculpture, installation, performance, photography, and video. The rise of China as an economic and military superpower has been paralleled by the emergence on the global art scene of a bevy of talented and provocative Chinese artists (and scores of less-talented and hungrier imitators). Following a short, nontechnical introduction, Vine, the managing editor of "Art in America," covers 125 of the most influential artists with copious high-quality images and short, strictly descriptive texts. Although Vine does cover some of the popular painters (e.g., Fang Lijun) of the big, flat-toned canvases that many viewers equate with contemporary Chinese art, he reaches far beyond the usual suspects to include previous unknowns like photographer Wang Ningde and performance artist He Yunchang. Presupposing no special knowledge of Chinese art history and mercifully free of art jargon, this is an excellent introductory book for both academic and public libraries.