Above Sea: Contemporary art, urban culture, and the fashioning of global Shanghai

Above Sea: Contemporary art, urban culture, and the fashioning of global Shanghai

by Jenny Lin

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Shanghai, long known as mainland China's most cosmopolitan city, is today a global cultural capital. This book offers the first in-depth examination of contemporary Shanghai-based art and design from state-sponsored exhibitions to fashionable cultural complexes to cutting edge films and installations. Informed by years of in-situ research, the book looks beyond contemporary art's global hype to reveal the socio-political tensions accompanying Shanghais transitions from semi-colonial capitalism to Maoist socialism to Communist Party-sponsored capitalism. Case studies reveal how Shanghai's global aesthetic constructs glamorising artifices that mask the conflicts between vying notions of foreign-influenced modernity and anti-colonialist nationalism, as well as the city's repressed socialist past and its consumerist present.

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ISBN-13: 9781526132628
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 01/02/2019
Series: Rethinking Arts Histories MUP
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Jenny Lin is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art with Asian Focus at the University of Oregon

Table of Contents

Introduction: Locating global contemporary art in global China 1 From the ruins of heaven on earth 2 Shanghai's art in fashion 3 Biennialization-as-banalization, promotion and resistance 4 Installing a world city From Shanghai to New York by way of conclusion Epilogue: forgotten corners Index

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