Five items to get you better acquainted with a featured speaker at AAA's symposium It Begins with a Story


Beijing-based independent critic and curator Li Xianting is in conversation with AAA Reseacher Anthony Yung as part of AAA’s programme It Begins with a Story: Artists, Writers, and Periodicals in AsiaRegistration is now open for this event.

Li was Editor for three seminal art publications: Meishu (1978–1983), Fine Arts in China (1985–1989), and Next Wave (2001). He was also involved in the editorial works of other art journals, such as The Trend of Art Thought and Art Currents. Li has been a prominent writer and researcher about contemporary Chinese art since the 1970s, with several of his essays becoming indispensable texts, including “A Critique of the May Fourth Revolution in Art,” “The Significance Does Not Lie in Art,” “Postmodernity, Nationalisation, and Straw,” and “Apathetic Feelings in Contemporary Chinese Art Trends: An Analysis of the Cynical Realist Current.” He has curated several influential exhibitions, including China's New Art, Post-1989; Away from National Ideology; Infatuated with Injury; and Prayer Beads and Brush Strokes. More recently, Li settled in Beijing’s Songzhuang and founded Xianting Film Fund in 2006, which he continues to run as a project dedicated to the screening, education, and preservation of independent documentary films in China.


Recommended Reading and Viewing

Li Xianting and Zhang Xiaogang, 1992
Image: Li Xianting and Zhang Xiaogang, 1992.

"Off the Page: Li Xianting" by Andrew Cohen, ArtAsiaPacific.

"Philosophies of Independence: The Li Xianting Film School" by Benny Shaffer, LEAP.

"What is Important," an interview with Li Xianting by Carol Yinghua Lu, Frieze.

"Interview: Li Xianting (English subtitles)" by Asia Art Archive.

China's New Art, Post-1989 by Hanart TZ Gallery.



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Research Notes
Tue, 19 Dec 2017
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In Dialogue with Li Xianting, Tue, 19 Dec 2017

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