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This book is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding more about the transformations occurring in Chinese art today. This wide-ranging collection of texts and images, by artists, critics and curators, reveals the tensions, fervour and zeal of one of the most exciting art scenes anywhere in the world. The book’s essays, interviews and debates provide varied, lively and well-informed insights from a diverse range of individuals at the forefront of Chinese contemporary art.

This wide-ranging collection of texts, interviews, discussions and images, previously published on the Chinese-art.com website in 2001, embraces a disparate group of voices and offers local and global perspectives on the art scenes of mainland China and its diaspora.



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What people say

Chinese contemporary art has developed so rapidly and changed so drastically in the last ten years. Presented here is a discourse on its various aspects and with these insights, we may learn more about the society and culture of contemporary China. Through this book, Chinese art of today can be discovered as well as a hint of what may come next.' Fumio Nanjo - Independent Curator
'Reading this collection of essays is like participating in a vigorous debate. It is an invaluable insight into the ideas, arguments, tensions, and contradictory forces shaping art, exhibitions and criticism in China today. Anyone interested in contemporary art will enjoy this and learn from it.' Cristina Ruiz - The Art Newspaper


ISBN: 962-86388-1-5
337pp, paperback, 152 x 215mm, 199 illustrations
New Art Media in collaboration with Iniva, 2001