8.5 x 11", xiii, 119 pp., approx. 80 color plates, selected Chinese characters, bibliography, paper, New York, 2006. Item #29
The book's subject, inspiration, or artistic mediums behind some of the best known works of the Chinese avant garde. More than 30 works by 22 prominent Chinese artists are presented, illuminating complex relations with tradition as well as a surprising diversity of artistic approach. Lengthy statements by the individual artists lend insight into the profound effect of personal experience, politics, and recent history on their works. The curator's essay explores an indigenous narrative on contemporary art in a global context, thus offering an explanation for why contemporary Chinese art is both contemporary and Chinese.