Synopses & Reviews
Updated and expanded, this essential reference book critically surveys 150 of the most influential contemporary Chinese artists.
The rapid economic and cultural transformation of China during the past thirty years has created an art scene of unparalleled energy and global impact. Throwing off restrictions on subject matter, embracing a new freedom to experiment, but also preserving and expressing Chinese identity on a monumental scale, the new Chinese art has enjoyed an astonishing surge of commercial and critical success. With chapters organized by medium, including painting, sculpture and installation, photography, and performance, the book focuses on works by the most significant contemporary Chinese artists and offers a comprehensive critical assessment of one of the most dynamic art scenes in the world today. A preface placing the art in the context of the whirlwind changes in the country's social and political environment, and a concluding critical appraisal make this book an authoritative and exciting introduction to art of the new China.
"New China is the finest introduction to Chinese avant-garde art since the 1970s, a textbook and guidebook for students and collectors, as well as Mao's working people... A superb, controlled survey of a vast, writhing subject."--Don J. Cohn, Art Asia Pacific
"A current and judicious review... New China, New Art comprehensively captures the broad array of contemporary [Chinese] art in all its forms."--Jonathan Goodman, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art
"...covers 125 of the most influential artists with copious high quality-images and short, strictly descriptive texts." Library Journal
"Richard Vine gives a clearheaded account."--The Independent on Sunday
"New China, New Art is a compelling read and will appeal...to a wide....audience."--Art Journal
"For years a sharp-eyed and sometimes critical observer of China's art scene, Richard Vine brings an insider's discernment to this fascinating account of the rise of Chinese contemporary art."--Christopher Phillips, Curator, International Center of Photography, New York City
"An insightful account of contemporary Chinese art by a seasoned observer. Vine's book is particularly valuable in introducing major visual modes of this art and explaining what is unique and exciting about them."--Wu Hung, Director, the Center for the Art of East Asia, University of Chicago