'[...] Contemporary Chinese artists tend to navigate between extremes, either embracing or rejecting a rich classical tradition. Indeed, for Chinese artists, the term "modernity" refers not to a new epoch or aesthetic but to a new nation—modernity inextricably connects politics to art. It is this notion of "total modernity" that forms the foundation of the Chinese avant-garde aesthetic, and of this book.

Gao examines the many ways Chinese artists engaged with this intrinsic total modernity, including the '85 Movement, political pop, cynical realism, apartment art, maximalism, and the museum age, encompassing the emergence of local art museums and organizations as well as such major events as the Shanghai Biennial. He describes the inner logic of the Chinese context while locating the art within the framework of a worldwide avant-garde. He vividly describes the Chinese avant-garde’s embrace of a modernity that unifies politics, aesthetics, and social life, blurring the boundaries between abstraction, conception, and representation. [...]' (excerpt from front flap)

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Onsite

Location code REF.GML
Language

English

Keywords

art history85 New WaveChina

Publication/Creation date

2011

No of pages

409

ISBN / ISSN

9780262014946

No of copies

1

Content type

monograph

Chapter headings
Introduction
Part One: The Avant-Garde in the Past
Avant-Garde and Revolution in Twentieth-Century Chinese Art
Academicism and the Amateur Avant-Garde in the Post-Cultural Revolution Period (1979-1984)
Part Two: The '85 Movement
The Map of the '85 Avant-Garde Movement
The 'China/Avant-Garde' Exhibition of 1989
Metaphysical Modernity: Rationalist Painting and Current of Life Painting
Chan Meets Dada: Merging Destruction and Tradition in the Avant-Garde Mentality
Metaphor over Meaning: Language Art and Gray Humor
Part Three: The Post-'85 Avant-Garde
Kitsch and Complicity: The Case of Political Pop and Cynical Realism
Apartment Art
Maximalism
Conclusion
Total Modernity and the Avant-Garde in Twentieth-Century Chinese Art
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Total Modernity and the Avant-Garde in Twentieth-Century Chinese Art