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Contemporary Chinese Art: Primary Documents (PB)

Contemporary Chinese Art: Primary Documents (PB)

Wu Hung, 2010

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Contemporary Chinese Art: Primary Documents (PB)

By Wu Hung

Contemporary Chinese Art: Primary Documents presents a crucial collection of carefully selected texts that includes artists' manifestos, exhibition catalogue texts, seminal essays by critics, and interviews with key artists—many of them available in English translation for the first time. Arranged in user-friendly chronological order, these principal documents guide readers through fast-moving developments in the Chinese art scene from the late 1970s to the 2000s. As a sourcebook and anthology, this volume is an essential resource for scholarship in the field and an introduction to significant contemporary Chinese artists and their work. Includes 100 illustrations.

Praise for Contemporary Chinese Art: Primary Documents by Wu Hung:

"Wu Hung’s ingeniously selected montage of texts and images gives the reader an invaluable overview of Chinese art between 1976 and 2006. It can be savored on its own, or taken as a primer to read alongside the more widely available analyses of recent Chinese history and politics."
-Jonathan Spence, author of The Search for Modern China

"This volume is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to understand contemporary Chinese art, one of the most fascinating art scenes of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The documents are judiciously chosen, translated, and categorized, while an extensive historical chronicle and introductions provide accessible contextual information."
-David Joselit, Carnegie Professor, History of Art, Yale University

"Chinese contemporary art is the darling of the international art market today, but two decades ago who would have imagined this sudden phenomenon? And, what were the participants thinking? This indispensable reader shows us through selected writings from 1979 to 2000 by many of those who made it happen: the artists, the critics and theorists, the curators, the art historians. Even the table of contents imposes a sense of order on this complex art movement, and what follows will enlighten anyone who studies, buys, or simply looks at the Chinese art of our time."
-Jerome Silbergeld, P.Y. & Kinmay W. Tang Professor of Chinese Art History; Director, Tang Center for East Asian Art, Princeton University.

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Product Specs

Type Art History + Criticism
Size 6 x 9.75"
Published 2010
ISBN 9780822349433
Pages 464