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Surveying eighty of the most influential contemporary Chinese artists, Richard Vine offers a comprehensive, critical, and thoroughly informed assessment of one of the most dynamic art scenes in the world today.

The rapid economic and cultural transformation of China during the past fifteen years has created an art scene of unparalleled energy and global impact. Throwing off restrictions on subject matter, embracing a new freedom to experiment, but also preserving and expressing ...

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Surveying eighty of the most influential contemporary Chinese artists, Richard Vine offers a comprehensive, critical, and thoroughly informed assessment of one of the most dynamic art scenes in the world today.

The rapid economic and cultural transformation of China during the past fifteen years has created an art scene of unparalleled energy and global impact. Throwing off restrictions on subject matter, embracing a new freedom to experiment, but also preserving and expressing Chinese identity on a monumental scale, this new art has enjoyed an astonishing surge of commercial and critical success. Featuring chapters organized by medium, including painting, sculpture and installation, photography, and performance, the book focuses on the most outstanding contemporary Chinese artists and their most important works. With a preface placing the art in the context of the whirlwind changes in the country's social and political environment, and a concluding critical appraisal, this book offers an authoritative and exciting introduction to art of the new China.

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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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9783791339429
  • Publisher: Prestel Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Why China, Why Now? 6

Painting 16

Sculpture & Installation 42

Performance 74

Photography 116

Video 162

The Scene Now 192

History Lessons 226

Selected Bibliography 232

Index of Names 236

Photography Credits 239

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

    Abuse of powerful cultural position

    I am an avid enthusiast of Sinophone arts and cultures, but I am gravely disappointed in Richard Vine's abuse of his role as art ambassador and critic on Chinese art. Unfortunately, Mr. Vine has sexual dalliances with aspiring Chinese female artists in exchange for reviewing their work. I was made recently aware of this when a friend took a class from a visiting Chinese art professor in St. Louis who revealed her intimate relationships with Mr. Vine in exchange for a potential review. Exploiting such power dynamics is not only abusive, but should also be professionally damning.

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