Synopses & Reviews
Rejected Collection is an archive of Chinese artists' rejected proposals from the early 1980s (when the Chinese avant-garde was largely underground) through the present (when Chinese artists have taken the international market by storm). By focusing on the projects not accepted by institutions, author Biljana Ciric questions the selection criteria used and examines the shifting relationship between institutions, artists and the market. These rejected projects tellingly reflect foreign institutions' expectations of Chinese art as well. Interviews with the rejected artists--including Sun Liang, Zhao Chuan and Gu Wenda--and inclusion of the official reasons for each rejection make this book a detailed, engaging and unprecedented study of the subject.
A Shanghai-based independent curator, Biljana Ciric is the former Director of the Curatorial Department at the Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art. She is a regular contributor to several Chinese and international art publications, including YiShu Journal, Flash Art and Broadsheet.