The Future History of Contemporary Chinese Art

The Future History of Contemporary Chinese Art

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The Future History of Contemporary Chinese Art

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Peggy Wang. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2020.

256 pp. Moderately Illustrated (some col.). 26 x 18 cm. In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9781517909154

For the paperbound edition, see Worldwide W025878. Publisher's description: During the 1980s and 1990s, a group of Chinese artists (Zhang Xiaogang, Wang Guangyi, Sui Jianguo, Zhang Peili, and Lin Tianmiao) ascended to new heights of international renown. Even as their fame increased, they came to be circumscribed by simplistic Western interpretations of their artworks as social and political critiques, a perspective that privileged stories of dissidence over deep engagement with the art itself. Through in-depth case studies of these five artists, Peggy Wang offers a corrective to previous appraisals, demonstrating how their works address fundamental questions about the forms, meanings, and possibilities of art. By the end of the 1980s, Chinese artists were scrutinizing earlier waves of Western influence and turning instead to their own heritage and culture to forge their own future histories. As the national trauma of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre converged with the mounting expansion of the global art world, these artists turned to art as a profoundly generative site for grappling with their place in the world. Wang demonstrates how they consciously and energetically sought to make their own ideas about art and art history visible in contemporary art. Wang’s argument is informed by extensive primary research, including close examination of the artworks, analysis of Chinese language documents and archives, and deeply personal interviews with the artists. Their words uncover layers of meaning previously obscured by the popular and often recycled assessments that many of these works have received until now.

Subject Headings: Asian Art (Western Style) ; Non-Western in a Western Style ; Western Art -- China -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 -- Several Fine Arts Media (Western) --

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