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andlt;Pandgt;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), "InsideOut: New Chinese Art" (Asia Society, New York, 1998), and "TheWall: 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 notdefined by Western chronology or formalism — Gao Minglu is largelyresponsible 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 "totalmodernity" that forms the foundation of the Chinese avant-gardeaesthetic, and of this book. Gao examines the many ways Chineseartists engaged withthis intrinsic total modernity, including the '85 Movement, politicalpop, cynical realism, apartment art,maximalism, and the museum age, encompassing the emergenceof local art museums and organizations as well as such major events as theShanghai Biennial. He describes the inner logic of the Chinese context whilelocating the art within the framework of a worldwide avant-garde. He vividlydescribes the Chinese avant-garde's embrace of a modernity that unifiespolitics, aesthetics, and social life, blurring the boundaries betweenabstraction, conception, and representation. Lavishly illustrated with colorimages throughout, this book will be a touchstone for all considerations ofChinese contemporary art.andlt;/Pandgt;

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A groundbreaking book that describes a distinctively Chinese avant-gardism and a modernity that unifies art, politics, and social life.

Synopsis:

andlt;Pandgt;A groundbreaking book that describes a distinctively Chinese avant-gardism and a modernity that unifies art, politics, and social life.andlt;/Pandgt;

Synopsis:

To the extent that Chinese contemporary art has become a globalphenomenon, it is largely through the groundbreaking exhibitions curated by GaoMinglu: China/Avant-Garde (Beijing, 1989), InsideOut: New Chinese Art (AsiaSociety, New York, 1998), and TheWall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art(Albright-Knox Art Gallery,2005) among them. As the first Chinese writer toarticulate a distinctively Chinese avant-gardism and modernity — one notdefined byWestern chronology or formalism — Gao Minglu is largelyresponsible for thevisibility of Chinese art in the global art scene today. Contemporary Chineseartists tend to navigate between extremes, either embracing or rejecting a richclassical tradition. Indeed, for Chinese artists, the term modernity refers not toa new epoch or aesthetic but to a new nation — modernityinextricably connectspolitics to art. It is this notion of totalmodernity that forms the foundation ofthe Chinese avant-gardeaesthetic, and of this book. Gao examines the many waysChineseartists engaged withthis intrinsic total modernity, including the '85Movement, politicalpop, cynical realism, apartment art, maximalism, and the museumage, encompassing the emergenceof local art museums and organizations as well assuch major events as theShanghai Biennial. He describes the inner logic of theChinese context whilelocating the art within the framework of a worldwideavant-garde. He vividlydescribes the Chinese avant-garde's embrace of a modernitythat unifiespolitics, aesthetics, and social life, blurring the boundariesbetweenabstraction, conception, and representation. Lavishly illustrated withcolorimages throughout, this book will be a touchstone for all considerationsofChinese contemporary art.

Synopsis:

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262014946
Author:
Gao, Minglu
Publisher:
MIT Press (MA)
Author:
Minglu, Gao
Author:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Series:
Total Modernity and the Avant-Garde in Twentieth-Century Chinese Art
Publication Date:
20110429
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
150 color illus., 173 b, &, w illus.
Pages:
424
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , A groundbreaking book that describes a distinctively Chinese avant-gardism and a modernity that unifies art, politics, and social life.
"Synopsis" by , andlt;Pandgt;A groundbreaking book that describes a distinctively Chinese avant-gardism and a modernity that unifies art, politics, and social life.andlt;/Pandgt;
"Synopsis" by , To the extent that Chinese contemporary art has become a globalphenomenon, it is largely through the groundbreaking exhibitions curated by GaoMinglu: China/Avant-Garde (Beijing, 1989), InsideOut: New Chinese Art (AsiaSociety, New York, 1998), and TheWall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art(Albright-Knox Art Gallery,2005) among them. As the first Chinese writer toarticulate a distinctively Chinese avant-gardism and modernity — one notdefined byWestern chronology or formalism — Gao Minglu is largelyresponsible for thevisibility of Chinese art in the global art scene today. Contemporary Chineseartists tend to navigate between extremes, either embracing or rejecting a richclassical tradition. Indeed, for Chinese artists, the term modernity refers not toa new epoch or aesthetic but to a new nation — modernityinextricably connectspolitics to art. It is this notion of totalmodernity that forms the foundation ofthe Chinese avant-gardeaesthetic, and of this book. Gao examines the many waysChineseartists engaged withthis intrinsic total modernity, including the '85Movement, politicalpop, cynical realism, apartment art, maximalism, and the museumage, encompassing the emergenceof local art museums and organizations as well assuch major events as theShanghai Biennial. He describes the inner logic of theChinese context whilelocating the art within the framework of a worldwideavant-garde. He vividlydescribes the Chinese avant-garde's embrace of a modernitythat unifiespolitics, aesthetics, and social life, blurring the boundariesbetweenabstraction, conception, and representation. Lavishly illustrated withcolorimages throughout, this book will be a touchstone for all considerationsofChinese contemporary art.
"Synopsis" by , 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.
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