The first book to focus on China's artistic diaspora - and to differentiate it from the artistic community inside China - Breakout assembles the work of 14 artists who left China around the time of the 1989 June Fourth Movement at Tiananmen Square. Now settled in New York, Paris and Sydney, over the past decade these artists - including Cai Guo-Qiang, Xu Bing, Wenda Gu, Zhang Huan, Huang Yong Ping and Chen Zhen - have become leading international figures, showing in major museums such as Tate Modern in London and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Breakout features in-depth analysis of exhibitions and artwork, along with detailed biographical studies based on extensive interviews with the artists.
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The Two Worlds of Chinese Art
The Emergence of Chinese Contemporary Art, 1989-1999
Theories of Being Outside
Chineseness of East and West: Chinese Artists in France
Discourses of East and West: Chinese Artists in France
The Asianization Debate in Australia
New Connections and a Return to the Homeland
Breakout: Chinese Art Outside China
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Breakout: Chinese Art Outside China