Lu Mingjun is the major grantee of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Research Grant 2015–16 Grantee.
Lu’s research project, “Post-Sense Sensibility and Art for Sale: 1999 and Beyond,” uses two 1999 art exhibitions, Post-Sense Sensibility and Art for Sale, as case studies to reconstruct the development of contemporary art in Mainland China during the late 1990s. Despite frequent references of the exhibitions in critical and historical texts, their archival materials have not been systematically gathered or made available yet. By conducting a comprehensive survey on Post-Sense Sensibility and Art for Sale—analysing historical backgrounds, exhibition formats, and organisation methods; elucidating their impact on subsequent artistic practices, exhibition strategies, and the art market—Lu examines how the two exhibitions influenced participating artists and raised fundamental questions around contemporary Chinese art during a period of rising commodification.
Based on their relevance to current artistic, social, and intellectual issues relating to contemporary art in Mainland China, Lu’s selection of Post-Sense Sensibility and Art for Sale responds to the present “emphasis on individual practices and modes of artistic production” instead of “attention to the impact of exhibitions on institutions and artistic invention.” Lu presents his findings in his AAA talk "Post-Sense Sensibility and Art for Sale: Two Exhibitions in 1999 and Their Aftermath."
Lu Mingjun has a PhD in History from Sichuan University (2011). He is currently Associate Professor of Art History at Art College, Sichuan University. Lu’s research interests include history of modern and contemporary Chinese art, and art historiography in Europe and America since the 1960s. His academic essays have been published in Wenyi Yanjiu, Meishu Yanjiu, Twenty-first Century, Art Criticism in Taiwan, and Tianya. His recent books include Writing and Narrating of Vision: The Vision of History and Theory (2013); Visual Cognition and Art History: Michel Foucault, Hubery Damisch, Jonathan Crary (2014); and On Meta-Painting: An Art Institution and Cognition of Universality (2015).
Judges for The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Research Grant 2015–16 include:
Chiang Poshin, Associate Professor of Art History at Tainan University of Arts
Jane DeBevoise, Chair, Board of Directors, Asia Art Archive
Liao Wen, Independent Critic and Curator
Shen Kuiyi, Director of Chinese Studies and Professor of Asian Art History, Theory, and Criticism, University of California, San Diego
Anthony Yung, Senior Researcher, Asia Art Archive