Three Installations By Xu Bing

Author: Bing Xu
Publisher: Chazen Museum of Art
ISBN: 9780932900319
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Three Installations By Xu Bing. This documents the Chinese avant-garde artist's first show in the United States: Ghosts Pounding the Wall, A Book from the Sky, Five Series of Repetitions. Born in China in 1955, he was later named a MacArthur Fellow and had an exhibition at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution in 2001, curated by Britta Erickson. This documents the Chinese avant-garde artist's first show in the United States: Ghosts Pounding the Wall, A Book from the Sky, Five Series of Repetitions. Born in China in 1955, he was later named a MacArthur Fellow and had an exhibition at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution in 2001, curated by Britta Erickson. Distributed for the Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Performance Art In China

Author: Thomas J. Berghuis
Publisher: Timezone 8 Limited
ISBN: 9789889926595
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Performance Art In China. Performance Art in Chinatakes as its subject one of the most dynamic and controversial areas of experimental art practice in China. In his comprehensive study, Sydney-based theorist and art historian Thomas J. Berghuis introduces and investigates the idea of the "role of the mediated subject of the acting body in art," a notion grounded in the realization that the body is always present in art practice, as well as its subsequent, secondary representations. Through a series of in-depth case studies, Berghuis reveals how, during the past 25 years, Chinese performance artists have "acted out" their art, often in opposition to the principles governing correct behavior in the public domain. In addition to a 25-year chronology of events, a systematic index of places, names and key terms, as well as a bibliography and a glossary in English and Chinese, this study also offers the reader numerous previously unpublished photos and documents.

Nine Lives

Author: Karen Smith
Publisher: Timezone 8 Limited
ISBN: 9789881714336
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Nine Lives. "The author, British art historian Karen Smith, paints a series of vivid portraits of the lives and careers of nine artists who have come to embody the avant-garde in Chinese art: nine individuals born at the onset of the People's Republic of China, who grew up during the Cultural Revolution, and yet emerged in the 1980s to become some of the most influential characters shaping modern art within China, and its profile on the international scene. Smith's experience in China and her fluency in Mandarin give an edge to the text and results in a penetrating portrait of the mindset of the generation she describes."--BOOK JACKET.

Total Modernity And The Avant Garde In Twentieth Century Chinese Art

Author: Minglu Gao
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262294710
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Total Modernity And The Avant Garde In Twentieth Century Chinese Art. To the extent that Chinese contemporary art has become a global phenomenon, it is largely through the groundbreaking exhibitions curated by Gao Minglu: "China/Avant-Garde" (Beijing, 1989), "Inside Out: New Chinese Art" (Asia Society, New York, 1998), and "The Wall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art" (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 2005) among them. As the first Chinese writer to articulate a distinctively Chinese avant-gardism and modernity -- one not defined by Western chronology or formalism -- Gao Minglu is largely responsible for the visibility of Chinese art in the global art scene today. Contemporary Chinese artists tend to navigate between extremes, either embracing or rejecting a rich classical tradition. Indeed, for Chinese artists, the term "modernity" refers not to a new epoch or aesthetic but to a new nation -- modernityinextricably connects politics to art. It is this notion of "total modernity" that forms the foundation of the Chinese avant-garde aesthetic, and of this book. Gao examines the many ways Chinese artists engaged with this intrinsic total modernity, including the '85 Movement, political pop, cynical realism, apartment art, maximalism, and the museum age, encompassing the emergenceof local art museums and organizations as well as such major events as the Shanghai Biennial. He describes the inner logic of the Chinese context while locating the art within the framework of a worldwide avant-garde. He vividly describes the Chinese avant-garde's embrace of a modernity that unifies politics, aesthetics, and social life, blurring the boundaries between abstraction, conception, and representation. Lavishly illustrated with color images throughout, this book will be a touchstone for all considerations of Chinese contemporary art.

Xu Bing And Contemporary Chinese Art

Author: Hsingyuan Tsao
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438437927
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Xu Bing And Contemporary Chinese Art. Explores how Xu Bing and other contemporary Chinese artists use Western ideas within a Chinese cultural discourse.

Ink Art

Author: Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
ISBN: 1588395049
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Ink Art. "Featuring 70 works in various media--paintings, calligraphy, photographs, woodblock prints, video, and sculpture--that were created during the past three decades, Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China will demonstrate how China's ancient pattern of seeking cultural renewal through the reinterpretation of past models remains a viable creative path. Although all of the artists have transformed their sources through new modes of expression, visitors will recognize thematic, aesthetic, or technical attributes in their creations that have meaningful links to China's artistic past. The exhibition will be organized thematically into four parts and will include such highlights as Xu Bing's dramatic Book from the Sky (ca. 1988), an installation that will fill an entire gallery; Family Tree (2000), a set of vivid photographs documenting a performance by Zhang Huan in which his facial features--and his identity--are obscured gradually by physiognomic texts that are inscribed directly onto his face; and Map of China (2006) by Ai Weiwei, which is constructed entirely of wood salvaged from demolished Qing dynasty temples." --