'U-TURN is a new periodical that presents a direct and in-depth history of Chinese contemporary art in six individual editions (U-TURN Editions 1 & 2 are currently available). U-TURN seeks to return to the moments and movements that have shaped contemporary art in China since 1978, covering them in stand-alone folios, with each issue focusing on a particular five-year period.

'U-TURN is edited by Beijing-based writer and curator Philip Tinari, and is published by AW Asia. The title "U-TURN" draws on the "No U-Turn" logo adopted by Chinese artists in the lead-up to the epoch-making China/Avant-Garde exhibition that took place at the National Art Museum of China in February 1989.

'U-TURN moves forward chronologically toward the present in five-year intervals, for a total of six issues covering the three decades between 1978 and 2008. Each eight-to-twelve page U-TURN pamphlet presents a specific group or movement as it was originally conceived and received, publishing previously un-circulated photographs, and re-creating key exhibitions through diagrams and documentary materials.

'Each issue features four overviews of significant groups and movements, bundled with a separate chronology which ties these movements to each other and to the broader social circumstances of the era. U-TURN aims to educate and enlighten art professionals, institutions, collectors, students, and art aficianados on the history and importance of Chinese contemporary art.' (From AW Asia website)

The Archive holds the following issues of U-Turn: 30 Years of Contemporary Art in China:

2007 no.1

2008: no.2

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