Contemporary Chinese Art: A Critical History

Contemporary Chinese Art: A Critical History

by Paul Gladston

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Since the confirmation of Deng Xiaoping’s policy of Opening and Reform in 1978, the People’s Republic of China has undergone a liberalization of culture that has led to the production of numerous forms of avant-garde, experimental, and museum-based art. With a fast-growing international market and a thriving artistic community, contemporary Chinese art is riding a wave of prosperity, though issues of censorship still abound. Shedding light on the current art scene, Paul Gladston’sContemporary Chinese Artputs China’s recent artistic output into the context of the wider cultural, economic, and political conditions that surround it.

Providing a critical mapping of ideas and practices that have shaped the development of Chinese art, Gladston shows how these combine to bind it to the structure of power and state both within and outside of China. Focusing principally on art produced by artists from mainland China—including painting, film, video, photography, and performance—he also discusses art created in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and diasporic communities. Illustrated with 150 images,Contemporary Chinese Artunravels the complexities of politics, artistic practice, and culture in play in China’s art scene.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780232690
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date: 09/15/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 318
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Paul Gladston is the Judith Neilson Chair of Contemporary Art at the University of New South Wales in Sydney the former editor of the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. He is the author of Contemporary Art in Shanghai: Conversations with Seven Chinese Artists and Deconstructing Contemporary Chinese Art: Selected Critical Writings and Conversations.

Table of Contents


1. Chinese Art in Context

Cultural Interaction and Exchange from Antiquity to the Mid-twentieth Century – Realist and Modernist Art in China,1911-1948 – Socialist-Realist and Revolutionary Art in the People’s Republic of China, 1949-1977

2. Modern (Contemporary) Chinese Art, 1976-1989

The Early Development of Modern (Contemporary) Chinese Art – Avant-garde Art in the People’s Republic of China – The Dissolution of the ’85 Movement

3. Contemporary Chinese Art, 1990-2001

Contemporary Chinese Art after Tiananmen – The Internationalization of Contemporary Chinese Art – Experimental Art and Social Transformation in the People’s Republic of China

4. Contemporary Chinese Art, 2002-2013

Contemporary Chinese Art on the Global Stage – Contemporary Chinese Art and Contemporaneity – The Political Recuperation of Contemporary Chinese Art

Glossary of Chinese Names


Select Bibliography


Photo Acknowledgements


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