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Inside/out : new Chinese art
Gao, Minglu.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : San Francisco Museum of Modern Art ; New York : Asia Society Galleries ; Berkeley : University of California Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
223 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
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Exhibition itinerary: Asia Society Galleries, New York, Sept. 15, 1998-Jan. 3, 1999 ... [et al.].
Toward a transnational modernity : an overview of Inside out : new Chinese art / Across trans-Chinese landscapes : reflections on contemporary Chinese cultures / Post-ideological avant-garde / Ruins, fragmentation, and the Chinese modern/postmodern / Beyond the middle kingdom : an insider's view / Plates -- From elite to small man : the many faces of a transitional avant-garde in mainland China / Striving for a cultural identity in the maze of power struggles : a brief introduction to the development of the contemporary art of Taiwan / Found in transit : Hong Kong art in a time of change / Strategies of survival in the third space : a conversation on the situation of overseas Chinese artists in the 1990s
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N7345 .I58 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The late twentieth century has been marked by momentous political, economic, and social change throughout the Chinese world. Deeply rooted cultural assumptions and ancient visual traditions have been challenged by rapid modernization and conflicting global, ethnic, and local identities. Inside/Out: New Chinese Art was the first major international exhibition to explore the impact of these challenges on artists in the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and those of the 1980s Diaspora.

The multifaceted exhibition and accompanying catalog encompass an extensive range of artistic forms, including installation, video, and performance art as well as more traditional media such as oils and ink. The art is grouped according to themes, some specific to regions and others that reflect widespread and overlapping trends. With the inclusion of ambiguous territories like Hong Kong and Taiwan, the exhibition opens up a perspective of modern Chinese art from the "outside" as well as a looking-out from the "inside."

The catalog features essays by eminent Chinese art scholars and curators along with leading curators and historians of Western art. Together they promote Chinese art's rightful place in the contemporary global cultural arena and at the same time acknowledge the influence of its rich heritage.

The diversity and freshness of the exhibition reflects the explosion of creativity among Chinese artists during the past decade. The ironic social commentary of Li Shan's The Rouge Series, no. 24, the "apartment art" of artists reacting against the traditional patronage of large museums and corporations, and Wang Jin's sly humor in portraying consumer fetishes in today's China are a few examples of the spirited artistry awaiting the viewers of Inside/Out .

Author Notes

Gao Minglu is curator of the exhibition Inside/Out: New Chinese Art and a doctoral candidate in Art History at Harvard University. He is writing his dissertation on contemporary Chinese art.

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Library Journal Review

This exhibition catalog is the most important contribution to the documentation and introduction of contemporary Chinese art since the publication of China Avant-garde (Oxford Univ., 1993). Organized by the Asia Society and the San Francisco Museum of Art, the exhibition is the first international show of its kind, encompassing contemporary art produced not only from mainland China but also from the "outside" regions such as Taiwan and Hong Kong and by artists in the United States and Europe. Covering the period from 1984 to 1998, it features the works of 60 artists in various media including installation, video, performance art, oils, and ink. The daunting images challenge the Western audience's perception about Chinese art. Essays by eminent Chinese art scholars and curators explore in depth two dominant themes of the exhibition‘modernity and identity‘relating them to the context of momentous political, economic, and social change throughout the Chinese world. This book enriches the viewer's understanding of Chinese contemporary art on both visual and conceptual levels. Recommended as an important addition to any art collection in academic and public libraries.‘Lucia S. Chen, New York P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Norman Bryson
Tson-Zung Chang
David Clarke Wu
Hung Leo Lee
Yulin Lee
Victoria Lu Gao
Minglu Ho Han Ru