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.
About the Author
Jenny Lin is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art with Asian Focus at the University of Oregon
Table of ContentsIntroduction: 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