'Since the confirmation of Deng Xiaoping’s policy of Opening and Reform in 1978, the People’s Republic of China has undergone a liberalization of culture that has led to the production of numerous forms of avant-garde, experimental, and museum-based art. With a fast-growing international market and a thriving artistic community, contemporary Chinese art is riding a wave of prosperity, though issues of censorship still abound. Shedding light on the current art scene, Paul Gladston’s Contemporary Chinese Art puts China’s recent artistic output into the context of the wider cultural, economic, and political conditions that surround it.

Providing a critical mapping of ideas and practices that have shaped the development of Chinese art, Gladston shows how these combine to bind it to the structure of power and state both within and outside of China. Focusing principally on art produced by artists from mainland China—including painting, film, video, photography, and performance—he also discusses art created in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and diasporic communities.' - from the University of Chicago Press website

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Chapter headings
1 Chinese Art in Context
Cultural Interaction and Exchange from Antiquity to the Mid-twentieth Century
Realist and Modernist Art in China, 1911–1948
Socialist-Realist and Revolutionary Art in the People's Republic of China, 1949-1977
2 Modern (Contemporary) Chinese Art, 1976–1989
The Early Development of Modern (Contemporary) Chinese Art
Avant-garde Art in the People's Republic of China
The Dissolution of the '85 Movement
3 Contemporary Chinese Art, 1990-2001
Contemporary Chinese Art after Tiananmen
The Internationalization of Contemporary Chinese Art
Experimental Art and Social Transformation in the People's Republic of China
4 Contemporary Chinese Art, 2002-2013
Contemporary Chinese Art on the Global Stage
Contemporary Chinese Art and Contemporaneity
The Political Recuperation of Contemporary Chinese Art
Contemporary Chinese Art: A Critical History
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