'Taiping Tianguo: A History of Possible Encounters, a touring exhibition organized by Para Site, Hong Kong, began as a series of questions: How did Ai Weiwei, Frog King Kwok, Tehching Hsieh, and Martin Wong—four artists of Chinese heritage hailing from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and San Francisco, respectively—all end up in New York in the heady 1980s? Did they know one another? By considering them together, what might we learn about their practices and the storied time and place in art history? With nuanced glimpses of the artists' overlapping experiences, networks, and friendships, this book makes a unique contribution to a critical reading not only of New York art of the 1980s, but also of nascent contemporary Chinese art in the advent of the globalization of the art world.' - from the back cover

Collection of texts interspersed with images of the artists' works. Includes chronology, checklist of works, and contributors' biographies.
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Ai Weiwei, Frog King Kwok, Tehching Hsieh, and Martin Wong in New York

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Taiping New York: A Conversation about Four Artists

- Doryun CHONG, 정도련, Cosmin COSTINAS, 康喆明

Chinese Artists in New York, 1980s

- Anthony YUNG, 翁子健

Re-Looking: Tehching Hsieh

- TANG Fukuen

'Don't know where it all begins or where it all ends': Reflections on the Lifework of Kowk Mang Ho

- Christina LI, 李綺敏, Yung MA, 馬容元


- Mark Dean JOHNSON

Everything Must Go: A Remembrance of Martin Wong


The Secret World of Martin Wong

- Lydia YEE

Grand Street


Taiping Tianguo: A History of Possible Encounters
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Since its inception, AAA has been conducting research and focusing documentation efforts upon the art ecology in Hong Kong, while collecting primary and secondary materials. These endeavours extend to collaborative projects with museums, universities, and individuals holding personal archives. This section highlights materials from the Research and Library Collections, following lines of inquiry such as exhibition history, art pedagogy, art writing in Chinese and English, and modes of exchange between Hong Kong and other geographies.