Urbanization and Contemporary Chinese Art

Urbanization and Contemporary Chinese Art

This book explores the relationship between the ongoing urbanization in China and the production of contemporary Chinese art since the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Author: Meiqin Wang

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317481706

Category: Art

Page: 264

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This book explores the relationship between the ongoing urbanization in China and the production of contemporary Chinese art since the beginning of the twenty-first century. Wang provides a detailed analysis of artworks and methodologies of art-making from eight contemporary artists who employ a wide range of mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, video, and performance. She also sheds light on the relationship between these artists and their sociocultural origins, investigating their provocative responses to various processes and problems brought about by Chinese urbanization. With this urbanization comes a fundamental shift of the philosophical and aesthetic foundations in the practice of Chinese art: from a strong affiliation with nature and countryside to one that is complexly associated with the city and the urban world.
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Urbanization and Contemporary Chinese Art

Urbanization and Contemporary Chinese Art

This approach responds to the reality that urbanization is not only a sweeping national movement in China but is also ... in exhibitions and publications on contemporary Chinese art in the Euro-American contexts since the late 1980s, ...

Author: Meiqin Wang

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317481690

Category: Art

Page: 264

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This book explores the relationship between the ongoing urbanization in China and the production of contemporary Chinese art since the beginning of the twenty-first century. Wang provides a detailed analysis of artworks and methodologies of art-making from eight contemporary artists who employ a wide range of mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, video, and performance. She also sheds light on the relationship between these artists and their sociocultural origins, investigating their provocative responses to various processes and problems brought about by Chinese urbanization. With this urbanization comes a fundamental shift of the philosophical and aesthetic foundations in the practice of Chinese art: from a strong affiliation with nature and countryside to one that is complexly associated with the city and the urban world.
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Visual Arts Representations and Interventions in Contemporary China

Visual Arts  Representations and Interventions in Contemporary China

China's unprecedented urbanization in the past two decades has a far-reaching impact on all forms and spheres of visual arts; this stimulating collection of essays offers a multifaceted investigation of the dynamic interrelations between ...

Author: Minna Valjakka

Publisher: Asian Cities

ISBN: 9462982236

Category: Art

Page: 324

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This edited volume provides a multifaceted investigation of the dynamic interrelations between visual arts and urbanization in contemporary Mainland China with a focus on unseen representations and urban interventions brought about by the transformations of the urban space and the various problems associated with it. Through a wide range of illuminating case studies, the authors demonstrate how innovative artistic and creative practices initiated by various stakeholders not only raise critical awareness on socio-political issues of Chinese urbanization but also actively reshape the urban living spaces. The formation of new collaborations, agencies, aesthetics and cultural production sites facilitate diverse forms of cultural activism as they challenge the dominant ways of interpreting social changes and encourage civic participation in the production of alternative meanings in and of the city. Their significance lies in their potential to question current values and power structures as well as to foster new subjectivities for disparate individuals and social groups.
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Contemporary Chinese Cinema and Visual Culture

Contemporary Chinese Cinema and Visual Culture

I also discuss these issues in regard to Chinese avant-garde art in my books China, Transnational Visuality, ... 16 On the topic of urbanization and socially engaged art in contemporary China, see Meiqin Wang, Socially Engaged Art in ...

Author: Sheldon Lu

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350234208

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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Sheldon Lu's wide-ranging new book investigates how filmmakers and visual artists from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan have envisioned China as it transitions from a socialist to a globalized capitalist state. It examines how the modern nation has been refashioned and re-imagined in order to keep pace with globalization and transnationalism. At the heart of Lu's analysis is a double movement in the relationship between nation and transnationalism in the Chinese post-socialist state. He considers the complexity of how the Chinese economy is integrated in the global capitalist system while also remaining a repressive body politic with mechanisms of control and surveillance. He explores the interrelations of the local, the national, the subnational, and the global as China repositions itself in the world. Lu considers examples from feature and documentary film, mainstream and marginal cinema, and a variety of visual arts: photography, painting, digital video, architecture, and installation. His close case studies include representations of class, masculinity and sexuality in contemporary Taiwanese and Chinese cinema; the figure of the sex worker as a symbol of modernity and mobility; and artists' representations of Beijing at the time of the 2008 Olympics.
Categories: Performing Arts

An Era Without Memories

An Era Without Memories

An affecting collection of contemporary Chinese photography responding to the monumental encroachment of urban development across the country

Author: Jiang Jiehong

Publisher:

ISBN: 0500544433

Category: History

Page: 192

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The rapid urban development of China is a topic that has grabbed the attention of the world. This groundbreaking book shows how some thirty contemporary Chinese art photographers have used it as a springboard for their practice. A short preface by Jiang Jiehong is followed by an introduction from expert on China, Stephan Feuchtwang. Four chapters follow, each featuring incisive explanatory text by Jiang Jiehong. The photographers showcase their responses to urbanization using a wide variety of approaches, whether Miao Xiaochuns photograph of a vast glass building rising like a UFO behind a traditional old neighbourhood, Wang Jinsongs collages of the Chinese character scrawled on buildings to mark them out as condemned, Zhang Peilis records of pastiche Western architecture, Xu Zhengqins street hoardings showing dream residential and commercial developments, or Wang Chuans poetic images of abandoned, half-finished modern buildings. This is a brave and beautiful compendium of reflections on urban transformation that will be a must-have for photography aficionados and anyone with an interest in China or contemporary culture.
Categories: History

Socially Engaged Art in Contemporary China

Socially Engaged Art in Contemporary China

In so doing, she contributes to the expanding relevance of art in contemporary society, a quality highly valued by ... It is widely acknowledged that China's market-driven urbanization since the 1990s has created great social wealth and ...

Author: Meiqin Wang

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429853630

Category: Art

Page: 238

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This book provides an in-depth and thematic analysis of socially engaged art in Mainland China, exploring its critical responses to and creative interventions in China’s top-down, pro-urban, and profit-oriented socioeconomic transformations. It focuses on the socially conscious practices of eight art professionals who assume the role of artist, critic, curator, educator, cultural entrepreneur, and social activist, among others, as they strive to expose the injustice and inequality many Chinese people have suffered, raise public awareness of pressing social and environmental problems, and invent new ways and infrastructures to support various underprivileged social groups.
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Total Modernity and the Avant Garde in Twentieth Century Chinese Art

Total Modernity and the Avant Garde in Twentieth Century Chinese Art

All the dichotomous patterns listed above may become problematic when applied to the topic of urbanization in Chinese contemporary art. Since the 1990s, many Chinese artists have enthusiastically committed themselves to the ...

Author: Minglu Gao

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262294713

Category: Art

Page: 424

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A groundbreaking book that describes a distinctively Chinese avant-gardism and a modernity that unifies art, politics, and social life. To the extent that Chinese contemporary art has become a global phenomenon, it is largely through the groundbreaking exhibitions curated by Gao Minglu: "China/Avant-Garde" (Beijing, 1989), "Inside Out: New Chinese Art" (Asia Society, New York, 1998), and "The Wall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art" (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 2005) among them. As the first Chinese writer to articulate a distinctively Chinese avant-gardism and modernity—one not defined by Western chronology or formalism—Gao Minglu is largely responsible for the visibility of Chinese art in the global art scene today. Contemporary Chinese artists tend to navigate between extremes, either embracing or rejecting a rich classical tradition. Indeed, for Chinese artists, the term "modernity" refers not to a new epoch or aesthetic but to a new nation—modernityinextricably connects politics to art. It is this notion of "total modernity" that forms the foundation of the Chinese avant-garde aesthetic, and of this book. Gao examines the many ways Chinese artists engaged with this intrinsic total modernity, including the '85 Movement, political pop, cynical realism, apartment art, maximalism, and the museum age, encompassing the emergenceof local art museums and organizations as well as such major events as the Shanghai Biennial. He describes the inner logic of the Chinese context while locating the art within the framework of a worldwide avant-garde. He vividly describes the Chinese avant-garde's embrace of a modernity that unifies politics, aesthetics, and social life, blurring the boundaries between abstraction, conception, and representation. Lavishly illustrated with color images throughout, this book will be a touchstone for all considerations of Chinese contemporary art.
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A History of Contemporary Chinese Art

A History of Contemporary Chinese Art

1949 to Present Yan Zhou. Fig. 5.4 Sui Jianguo, “Earthly Force,” 1992–94, boulder and steel bar accompanied a new round of urbanization, which changed the nation's demographic distribution. Tens of millions of peasants migrated from ...

Author: Yan Zhou

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9789811511417

Category: Art

Page: 518

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Chinese art has experienced its most profound metamorphosis since the early 1950s, transforming from humble realism to socialist realism, from revolutionary art to critical realism, then avant-garde movement, and globalized Chinese art. With a hybrid mix of Chinese philosophy, imported but revised Marxist ideology, and western humanities, Chinese artists have created an alternative approach – after a great ideological and aesthetic transition in the 1980s – toward its own contemporaneity though interacting and intertwining with the art of rest of the world. This book will investigate, from the perspective of an activist, critic, and historian who grew up prior to and participated in the great transition, and then researched and taught the subject, the evolution of Chinese art in modern and contemporary times. The volume will be a comprehensive and insightful history of the one of the most sophisticated and unparalleled artistic and cultural phenomena in the modern world.
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Mega Urbanization in the Global South

Mega Urbanization in the Global South

“New urban utopias of postcolonial India: entrepreneurial urbanization in Dholera smart city, Gujarat. ... “De/constructing urbanization,” in Meiqin Wang (ed) Urbanization and Contemporary Chinese Art. London: Routledge.

Author: Ayona Datta

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317754725

Category: Science

Page: 224

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The global south is entering an ‘Urban Age’ where, for the first time in history, more people will be living in cities than in the countryside. The logics of this prediction have a dominant framing - rapid urbanization, uncontrolled migration, resource depletion, severe fuel shortages and the breakdown of law and order. We are told that we must be prepared. The solution is simple, they say. Mega-urbanization is an opportunity for economic growth and prosperity. Therefore we must build big, build new and build fast. With contributions from an international range of established and emerging scholars drawing upon real-world examples, Mega-Urbanization in the Global South is the first to use the lens of speed to examine the postcolonial ‘urban revolution’. From the mega-urbanization of Lusaka, to the production of satellite cities in Jakarta, to new cities built from scratch in Masdar, Songdo and Rajarhat, this book argues that speed is now the persistent feature of a range of utopian visions that seek to expedite the production of new cities. These ‘fast cities’ are the enduring images of postcolonial urbanism, which bypass actually existing urbanisms through new power-knowledge coalitions of producing, knowing and governing the city. The book explores three main themes. Part I examines fast cities as new urban utopias which propagate the illusion that they are ‘quick fix’ sustainable solutions to insulate us from future crises. Part II discusses the role of the entrepreneurial state that despite its neoliberalisation is playing a key role in shaping mega-urbanization through laws, policies and brute force. Part III finally delves into how fast cities built by entrepreneurial states actually materialise at the scale of regional urbanization rather than as metropolitan growth. This book explores the contradictions between intended and unintended outcomes of fast cities and points to their fault lines between state sovereignty, capital accumulation and citizenship. It concludes with a vision and manifesto for ‘slow’ and decelerated urbanism. This timely and original book presents urban scholars with the theoretical, empirical and methodological challenges of mega-urbanization in the global south, as well as highlighting new theoretical agendas and empirical analyses that these new forms of city-making bring to the fore.
Categories: Science

Antinomies of Art and Culture

Antinomies of Art and Culture

listed above may turn problematic when applied to the topic of urbanization in Chinese contemporary art. Since the 1990s, many Chinese artists have enthusiastically committed themselves to the investigation of current globalization and ...

Author: Okwui Enwezor

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822389330

Category: Art

Page: 456

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In this landmark collection, world-renowned theorists, artists, critics, and curators explore new ways of conceiving the present and understanding art and culture in relation to it. They revisit from fresh perspectives key issues regarding modernity and postmodernity, including the relationship between art and broader social and political currents, as well as important questions about temporality and change. They also reflect on whether or not broad categories and terms such as modernity, postmodernity, globalization, and decolonization are still relevant or useful. Including twenty essays and seventy-seven images, Antinomies of Art and Culture is a wide-ranging yet incisive inquiry into how to understand, describe, and represent what it is to live in the contemporary moment. In the volume’s introduction the theorist Terry Smith argues that predictions that postmodernity would emerge as a global successor to modernity have not materialized as anticipated. Smith suggests that the various situations of decolonized Africa, post-Soviet Europe, contemporary China, the conflicted Middle East, and an uncertain United States might be better characterized in terms of their “contemporaneity,” a concept which captures the frictions of the present while denying the inevitability of all currently competing universalisms. Essays range from Antonio Negri’s analysis of contemporaneity in light of the concept of multitude to Okwui Enwezor’s argument that the entire world is now in a postcolonial constellation, and from Rosalind Krauss’s defense of artistic modernism to Jonathan Hay’s characterization of contemporary developments in terms of doubled and even para-modernities. The volume’s centerpiece is a sequence of photographs from Zoe Leonard’s Analogue project. Depicting used clothing, both as it is bundled for shipment in Brooklyn and as it is displayed for sale on the streets of Uganda, the sequence is part of a striking visual record of new cultural forms and economies emerging as others are left behind. Contributors: Monica Amor, Nancy Condee, Okwui Enwezor, Boris Groys, Jonathan Hay, Wu Hung, Geeta Kapur, Rosalind Krauss, Bruno Latour, Zoe Leonard, Lev Manovich, James Meyer, Gao Minglu, Helen Molesworth, Antonio Negri, Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie, Nikos Papastergiadis, Colin Richards, Suely Rolnik, Terry Smith, McKenzie Wark
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