- 1 Theatre
- 2 Visual art, Contemporary art
- 3 Underground and experimental poetry
- 4 Sound art
- 5 Media art
- 6 Media theory
- 7 Resources
- 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
- 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.
- Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art From 1980-1990
- Chronology of Chinese Contemporary Art, 1974-2012
- SeaChina: Socially Engaged Art in Contemporary China, research project led by Bo Zheng, City University Hong Kong. Videos: interviews and case studies. Interview.
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 / Hou ba jiu zhong guo xin yi shu [後八九中國新藝術], ed. Valerie C. Doran, Hong Kong: Hanart T Z Gallery, 1993, cvii+232 pp; repr., Hong Kong: Asia Art Archive, 2001, 360 pp.  (English),(Chinese)
- 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. Exhibition. Publisher.
- 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)
- Reinterpretation: A Decade of Experimental Chinese Art, 1990-2000. The First Guangzhou Triennial, eds. Wu Hung, Huangsheng Wang, and Buyi Feng, Guangzhou: Guangdong Art Museum, 2002, 545 pp. The three main themes of the exhibition are "Memory and Reality,' "Self and Environment," and "Global and Local." Excerpt: "'Experimental Exhibitions' of the 1990s". Commentary: Hung (Yishu).  (English)
- 首屆廣州當代藝術三年展 - 重新解讀: 中國實驗藝術十年, Guangzhou: Guangdong Museum of Art, 2002, 545 pp.  (Chinese)
- 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)
- Echoes: Chengdu New Visual Art Documentary Exhibition 1989-2007 / 回響: 成都新視覺藝術文獻展 1989-2007, Chengdu: Sichuan Art Publishing Company, 2007, 222 pp. Exh. held at A Thousand Plateaus Art Space.  (Chinese)/(English)
- Avant-Garde China: 20 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art, Tokyo: The National Art Center, and Osaka: The National Museum of Art, 2008, 184 pp.  (Japanese)/(English)
- Action in China: Performance Art from 1980s to 1990s / 中國行動：八十年代到九十年代的行為藝術, ed. Pulin Wen, Beijing: Beijing Windhorse Mass Medium, 2009, 45 pp.  (Chinese)/(English)
- On Yunnan: A Branch of Chinese Contemporary Art Since the 1990s / Chu yun nan ji: 90 nian dai yi lai de zhong guo dang dai yi shu zhi yi mai [出雲南記：90年代以來的中國當代藝術之一脈], ed. YE Yongqing (葉永青), Hong Kong: Beijing Center for the Arts Publishing House, 2010, 198 pp. Features around 40 works by 14 Yunnan-based artists. Exh. held 27 Mar-9 May 2010.  (Chinese)/(English)
- A Constellation of Stars, Huang Rui and Ma Desheng: Art Editors 1978-1983 / 星星點點: 黃銳和馬德升的美編活動 1978-1983, Beijing: Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, 2013, 212 pp.  (English)/(Chinese)
- Beijing - Belgrade: New Sights in Chinese Contemporary Art, Belgrade: Museum of Yugoslavia, 2013. (Serbian)/(Chinese)/(English)
- Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, ed. Alexandra Munroe, New York: Guggenheim Museum, 2017, 324 pp. Features 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. Exh. held 6 Oct 2017-7 Jan 2018. Publisher. (English)
- Wu Hung (ed.), Contemporary Chinese Art: Primary Documents, New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2010, xvi+455 pp. Additional articles. . Reviews: Bloomer (China J), Winterton (Taipei Times), Pearlman (Leonardo), Dal Lago (ARTMargins).  (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)
- Lü Peng, 20 shi ji zhong guo yi shu shi [20世纪中国艺术史], Beijing: Bei jing da xue chu ban she, 2006, 1243 pp. (Chinese)
- A History of Art in 20th Century China, trans. Bruce G. Doar, Paris: Somogy, 2013, 798 pp. Interview. (English)
- Histoire de l'art chinois au XXe siècle, Paris: Somogy, 2013, 798 pp. (French)
- 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, ARG. Publisher. (English)
- Lü Peng, Fragmented Reality: Contemporary Art in 21st Century China, Charta, 2013, 464 pp. (English)
- Paul Gladston, Contemporary Chinese Art: A Critical History, London: Reaktion Books, 2014, 318 pp, ARG.  (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)
- Sasha Su-Ling Welland, Experimental Beijing: Gender and Globalization in Chinese Contemporary Art, Duke University Press, 2018. (English)
- Lü Peng (吕澎), Chinese Contemporary Art since 1989, trans. Bruce G. Doar, Paris: Somogy, 2018, 160 pp. Review: Poinsot (Critique d'art). (English)
- Barbara Pollack, Brand New Art From China: A Generation on the Rise, I.B. Tauris, 2018. (English)
- Sasha Su-Ling Welland, Experimental Beijing: Gender and Globalization in Chinese Contemporary Art, Durham: Duke University Press, 2018, 153 pp. Review: Poinsot (Critique d'art). (English)
- Meiqin Wang, Socially Engaged Art in Contemporary China: Voices From Below, Routledge, 2019. (English)
- Peggy Wang, The Future History of Contemporary Chinese Art, University of Minnesota Press, 2021, 256 pp. Publisher. (English)
- Jian Zhang, Bruce Robertson (eds.), Complementary Modernisms in China and the United States: Art as Life/Art as Idea, Brooklyn, NY: punctum books, 2020, 696 pp. (English),(Chinese)
- Jacopo Galimberti, Noemi de Haro García, Victoria H. F. Scott (eds.), Art, Global Maoism and the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Manchester University Press, 2020, 360 pp.  (English)
- Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Intellect, since 2014. Three numbers per year.  (English)
- Contemporaneity 4: "Open Ground Blog", forew. Gao Minglu, 2015. Special section with selection of four papers from Madeline Eschenburg and Ellen Larson's blog. (English)/(Chinese)
- Jacob Dreyer, "No Enemies", Even 8, Oct 2017. On Liu Xiaobo, Ai Weiwei, Mo Yan, and Xu Bing. (English)
- Wu Hung, "Contesting Global/Local: Chinese Experimental Art in the 1990s", Orientations 33:9, Nov 2002, pp 62-67. (English)
- Wu Hung, "Experimental Exhibitions of the 1990s", in Reinterpretation: A Decade of Experimental Chinese Art, 1990-2000, Guangzhou: Guangdong Museum of Art, 2002, pp 84-98. (Chinese)
- "Experimental Exhibitions of the 1990s", in Reinterpretation: A Decade of Experimental Chinese Art, 1990-2000, Guangzhou: Guangdong Museum of Art, 2002, pp 83-97. (English)
- more essays by Wu Hung
- Maria B. Galikowski, Art and Politics in China, 1949-1986, University of Leeds, 1990, 277 pp. PhD thesis.  (English)
- Chang Tan, Playing Cards with Cézanne. How the Contemporary Artists of China Copy and Recreate, Austin: University of Texas, 2008, 213 pp. PhD thesis. (English)
- Karin Grace Oen, Admonition and the Academy: Installation, Video, and Performance Art in Reform Era China, MIT, 2012. PhD thesis. (English)
- 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, experimental art, media culture, social practice
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