The Phoenix Years: Art, Resistance, and the Making of Modern China

The Phoenix Years: Art, Resistance, and the Making of Modern China

by Madeleine O'Dea

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The Phoenix Years: Art, Resistance, and the Making of Modern China by Madeleine O'Dea

At once a fascinating account of the birth of modern China and a moving chronicle of courage, creativity, and resistance.

The riveting story of China's rise from economic ruin to global giant in the past four decades is illuminated by another, equally fascinating, narrative beneath its surface—the story of the country's emerging artistic avant-garde and the Chinese people's ongoing struggle for freedom of expression.  

By following the stories of nine contemporary Chinese artists, The Phoenix Years shows how China's rise unleashed creativity, thwarted hopes, and sparked tensions between the individual and the state that continue to this day. It relates the heady years of hope and creativity in the 1980s, which ended in the disaster of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Following that tragedy comes China's meteoric economic rise, and the opportunities that emerged alongside the difficult compromises artists and others have to make to be citizens in modern China.

Foreign correspondent Madeleine O'Dea has been an eyewitness for over thirty years to the rise of China, the explosion of its contemporary art and cultural scene, and the long, ongoing struggle for free expression. The stories of these artists and their art mirror the history of their country. The Phoenix Years is vital reading for anyone interested in China today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681775883
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 360
File size: 48 MB
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About the Author

Madeleine O'Dea is a writer and journalist who has been covering the political, economic and cultural life of China for the past three decades. She first went to Beijing in 1986 as the correspondent for the Australian Financial Review newspaper, and covered China through the 1990s as a producer with ABC Television. She was the founding editor-in-chief of Artinfo China and the Asia correspondent for Art + Auction and Modern Painters magazines. She has written for a range of other publications including the Guardian, The Art Newspaper, Bazaar Art, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, the Toronto Globe and Mail, and The Australian.

Table of Contents

A note on Chinese names ix

1 Beijing 1986 1

2 I do not believe! 15

3 The Stars 44

4 Very heaven 75

5 A terrible beauty 108

6 Nothing to my name 152

7 Whose Utopia? 179

8 Beijing welcomes you! 200

9 Isn't something missing? 221

10 Amnesia and memory 245

11 The people and the republic 281

Dramatis personae 299

Timeline 311

Acknowledgements 317

Notes 320

Index 339

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