Shu: Reinventing Books in Contemporary Art
Books—as subject, inspiration, or artistic medium—lie 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’.
Exhibition catalog, 2006. Paperback, 119 pages: ill.
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