By Wu Hung
Regardless of the liveliness and creativity of avant-garde chinese language artwork within the post-Mao period and its prominence on this planet of overseas modern artwork, before there was no systematic creation to this crucial paintings in any Western language. in addition, lots of the suitable basic files have existed merely in chinese language, scattered in hard-to-find guides. modern chinese language paintings treatments this case via bringing jointly conscientiously chosen fundamental texts in English translation. prepared in chronological order, the texts advisor readers during the improvement of avant-garde chinese language artwork from 1976 until eventually 2006. simply because experimental chinese language artwork emerged as a family phenomenon within the Nineteen Seventies and Nineteen Eighties and its next improvement has been heavily relating to China’s social and most economical transformation, this quantity specializes in artwork from mainland China. while, it encompasses the actions of mainland artists dwelling in another country, on the grounds that artists who emigrated within the Eighties and Nineties have been usually key contributors within the early avant-garde pursuits and feature persisted to have interaction with the mainland paintings global. the first files contain the manifestos of avant-garde teams, prefaces to special exhibitions, writings through consultant artists, very important severe and analytical essays, or even a few reputable files. every one bankruptcy and part starts off with a concise preface explaining the importance of the texts and supplying the mandatory old historical past; the amount features a timeline summarizing very important paintings phenomena and similar political occasions.
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Perhaps answers only exist vis-à-vis specific time periods or certain groups of people. As such, art criticism today should be open-minded rather than totalizing. The development of Western art is not only about form, but also, and more importantly, about concept. The emergence of a variety of genres and styles actually demonstrates the artists’ recognition of their self-worth. Liang Jiang ( Graduate Student in Art Theory, Chinese National Academy of Arts ): Rauschenberg’s art combines vibrant brushwork, photographs, serigraph prints, and even collages of ready-mades to collapse the boundary between art and life, and between painting and sculpture.
The development of Western art is not only about form, but also, and more importantly, about concept. The emergence of a variety of genres and styles actually demonstrates the artists’ recognition of their self-worth. Liang Jiang ( Graduate Student in Art Theory, Chinese National Academy of Arts ): Rauschenberg’s art combines vibrant brushwork, photographs, serigraph prints, and even collages of ready-mades to collapse the boundary between art and life, and between painting and sculpture. He often chooses common materials from everyday life, and organizes them in a rather rational manner.
Her eyes are fixated on you, motionless. What do you give back to her? You deprive her of her naïve and joyful smile. You inflict wounds on her heart! She is ready to depart. She beseeches us not to abandon her, but to bring her along onto the highway. NEW DIRECTIONS IN REALIST PAINTING Melancholy Youth and “Contemplative Painting” | — Excerpted from a text originally published as “Wo de qi zhang hua” in Meishu yanjiu [ Fine Arts Research ] no. 1 ( February 15, 1981 ): 49 – 51. Translated by Michelle Wang.
Contemporary Chinese Art: Primary Documents (MoMA Primary Documents) by Wu Hung