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The Art of Contemporary China (World of Art)

Jiang Jiehong


A redefinition of contemporary Chinese art of the last forty years in the context of unprecedented cultural, political and urban transformation

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Surveying the last forty years since the end of China’s Cultural Revolution, this book redefines contemporary Chinese art by placing it in the context of unprecedented cultural, political and urban transformation.

Writer and curator Jiang Jiehong takes a thematic approach, examining how artists have responded to concepts of the collective, tradition, urbanization and development outside the constraints of contemporary China and beyond the conventional art space. Artworks by important, internationally recognized artists and emerging practitioners are represented through curatorial discussions, as well as images of original installation views and historical art events. Illustrated in full-colour throughout, this concise and far-reaching survey offers new insights into the relationship of contemporary Chinese art to the past and the present.

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'The author achieves a fresh and nuanced approach to introducing contemporary Chinese art, and the book is a testament to his extensive knowledge of the field'
Art Quarterly

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 216 pp

Publication date: 18 March 2021

ISBN: 9780500204382

Contents List

Introduction • 1.The Collective • 2. Reinventing Tradition • 3. The Art of Urbanization • 4. Art At Large • Notes, Glossary, Select Bibliography

About the Author

Professor Jiang Jiehong is a researcher, writer and curator. He is the founding Director of the Centre for Chinese Visual Arts at Birmingham City University and is the Principal Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (Intellect).