- Liang Luo, The Avant-Garde and the Popular in Modern China: Tian Han and the Intersection of Performance and Politics, University of Michigan Press, 2014, 386 pp. Introduction.
Visual art, Contemporary art
- Artists, movements
- Kinetic art: Wen-Ying Tsai
- Stars group: Ai Weiwei, Wang Keping, Li Shuang, Huang Rui, Ma Desheng.
- Xiamen Dada: Huang Yong Ping, Lin Jiahua, Jia Yaoming, Yu Xiaogang, Xu Chengdou.
- Rational painting: Wang Guangyi, Shu Qun, Ren Jian, Liu Yan, Zhang Peili, Geng Jianyi, Wang Qiang.
- Cynical realism: Yue Minjun, Fang Lijun, Yu Xiaogang, Yang Shaobin, Wang Jinsong, Song Yonghong.
- Political pop: Wang Guangyi, Yu Youhan, Wang Ziwei, Feng Mengbo, Zhang Peili, Wei Guangqing, Qiu Zhijie.
- Post-Sense Sensibility: Liu Wei, Sun Yuan.
- Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art From 1980-1990
- Chronology of Chinese Contemporary Art, 1974-2012
- Exhibitions (with dedicated websites)
- Inside Out: New Chinese Art, Asia Society and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Sep 1998-Jan 1999. Curated by Gao Minglu.
- Copyleft: Appropriation Art in China, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, Aug-Nov 2015.
- China’s New Art, Post-1989, with a Retrospective from 1979-1989, Hong Kong: Hanart T Z Gallery, 1993, cvii+232 pp. (English)
- Fragmented Memory: The Chinese Avant-Garde in Exile, eds. Minglu Gao and Julie Andrews, Columbus, OH: Wexner Center for the Arts, 1993, 37 pp.  (English)
- Inside Out: New Chinese Art, ed. Minglu Gao, University of California Press, 1998. Gao's essay.   (English)
- A Century in Crisis: Modernity and Tradition in the Art of Twentieth-Century China, eds. Julia F. Andrews and Kuiyi Shen, New York: Guggenheim Museum, 1998, 17+329 pp.  
- China: 5,000 Years, Innovation and Transformation in the Arts, ed. Sherman Lee, New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1998, 504 pp.  
- Wu Hung, Transience: Chinese Experimental Art at the End of the Twentieth Century, Chicago: David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, 1999, 214 pp. (English)
- Chinese Maximalism / Zhongguo ji duo zhu yi, ed. Minglu Gao, Chongqing Publishing House, with University at Buffalo Galleries and China Millennium Monument Museum, 2003, 123 pp.  (English)/(Chinese)
- Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, ed. Alexandra Munroe, New York: Guggenheim Museum, 2017, 324 pp. Exh. held 6 Oct 2017-7 Jan 2018. Featues 150 works by 70 artists and collectives from 1989-2008. Texts by Jane DeBevoise, Katherine Grube, Lu Mingjun, Stephanie H. Tung, Anthony Yung, Xiaorui Zhu-Nowell.  (English)
- Wu Hung (ed.), Contemporary Chinese Art: Primary Documents, New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2010, 464 pp. Additional articles. . Reviews: Bloomer (China J 2011), Winterton (Taipei Times 2011), Pearlman (Leonardo 2011), Dal Lago (ARTmargins 2014). (English)
- Arnold Chang, Painting in the People's Republic of China: The Politics of Style, Boulder: Westview Press, 1980. (English)
- Hua Junwu (ed.), Contemporary Chinese Painting, Beijing: New York Press, 1984.
- Joan Lebold Cohen, The New Chinese Painting, 1949-1986, New York: Abrams, 1987. (English)
- Mayching Kao, Twentieth-Century Chinese Painting, New York: Oxford University Press, 1988. (English)
- Ellen Johnston Laing, The Winking Owl: Art in the People's Republic of China, University of California Press, 1988. (English)
- Ralph Croizier, Art and Revolution in Modern China: The Lingnan (Cantonese) School of Painting, 1906-1951, University of California Press, 1988. (English)
- Minglu Gao (ed.), Zhongguo dangdai meishushi 1985–1986 [History of Contemporary Art 1985–1986], Shanghai: Shanghai renmin chubanshe, 1991. (Chinese)
- Peng Lü, Dan Yi, Zhongguo xiandai yishushi [A History of Modern Art in China], Changsha: Hunan meishu chubanshe, 1992. (Chinese)
- Zha Jianying, China Pop, New York: New Press, 1995. (English)
- Michael Sullivan, Art and Artists of Twentieth-Century China, University of California Press, 1996. (English)
- Craig Clunas, Art in China, New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. (English)
- Wu Hung, Rong Rong's East Village, 1993-1998, New York, 2004, 230 pp. (English)
- Thomas J. Berghuis, Performance Art in China, Hong Kong: Timezone 8 Limited, 2006.  (English)
- Xiaobing Tang, Origins of the Chinese Avant-Garde: The Modern Woodcut Movement, University of California Press, 2007, 318 pp.  (English)
- Karen Smithm, Nine Lives: The Birth of Avant-garde Art in New China. Updated Edition, Timezone8, 2008.  (English)
- Xiaoping Lin, Children of Marx and Coca-Cola: Chinese Avant-Garde Art and Independent Cinema, University of Hawaii Press, 2009. (English)
- Minglu Gao, Total Modernity and the Avant-Garde in Twentieth-Century Chinese Art, MIT Press, 2011. (English)
- Hsingyuan Tsao, Roger T. Ames (eds.), Xu Bing and Contemporary Chinese Art: Cultural and Philosophical Reflections, SUNY Press, 2011, 261 pp. Introduction. (English)
- Paul Gladston, "Avant-garde" Art Groups in China, 1979–1989: The Stars, The Northern Art Group, The Pond Association, Xiamen Dada: A Critical Polylogue, Intellect, 2013, 194 pp.  (English)
- Paul Gladston, Contemporary Chinese Art: A Critical History, London: Reaktion Books, 2014, 318 pp. (English)
- Paul Gladston, Deconstructing Contemporary Chinese Art: Selected Critical Writings and Conversations, 2007-2014, Springer, 2016. (English)
- William Schaefer, Shadow Modernism: Photography, Writing, and Space in Shanghai, 1925-1937, Duke University Press, 2017, 292 pp. (English)
- Selected essays
- Jacob Dreyer, "No Enemies", Even 8, Oct 2017. On Liu Xiaobo, Ai Weiwei, Mo Yan, and Xu Bing. (English)
- Chang Tan, Playing Cards with Cézanne. How the Contemporary Artists of China Copy and Recreate, Austin: University of Texas, 2008, 213 pp. PhD dissertation. (English)
- Karin Grace Oen, Admonition and the Academy: Installation, Video, and Performance Art in Reform Era China, MIT, 2012. PhD dissertation. (English)
- Documentary film
- From Jean Paul Sartre to Teresa Teng: Cantonese Contemporary Art in the 1980s, dir. Jane DeBevoise, Claire Hsu, Phoebe Wong, and Anthony Yung, 2010, 50 min. 
Underground and experimental poetry
- Maghiel van Crevel, Language Shattered: Contemporary Chinese Poetry and Duoduo, Leiden: Research School CNWS, 1996, 355 pp.
- Christopher Lupke (ed.), New Perspectives on Contemporary Chinese Poetry, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
- Timeline, 1993-2013.
- eArts Festival, Shanghai, 2006-2010.
- Synthetic Times, Beijing, 2008.
- Invisible City Transmediale, Beijing, 2010.
- Creators Project, UCCA 798, annually from 2010 to 2013.
- Encode and Decode, Beijing, 2011.
- Translife New Media Art Triennial, Beijing, 2011.
- Motion is action, Beijing, 2013.
- "ThingWorld", New Media Art Triennial, Beijing, 2014
- Chronus Art Center, Shanghai
- Transmedia Department, China Academy of Arts
- School of creative media, City University Hongkong
- School of Design, Tsinghua University
- Digital Art department, Central Academy of Media Arts
- New Media Art department, Renmin University
- International Network for a Critical Philosophy of Media and Technics in China, initiated by Yuk Hui in 2014. Also runs 'Media Philosophy' series supported by the Shanghai Academy of Social Science Press.
avant-garde, modernism and after
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