China’s New Art, Post-1989, with a Retrospective from 1979-1989 (1993)

16 February 2016, dusan

“This is the catalogue for the seminal exhibition China’s New Art Post-1989, the first major collection of Chinese experimental art to be exhibited outside of the country. It was first held in Hong Kong in 1993 and subsequently travelled to Australia and the United States.

The present catalogue offers an in-depth study of the various artistic undercurrents and general cultural sensibilities for the creation of experimental art in China during the late 1980s and the early 1990s, through 17 essays from a number of noted critics and art historians. The artists are placed and studied under various categories, namely ‘Political Pop’ (pp 1-65), ‘Cynical Realism: Irreverence and Malaise’ (67-103), ‘The Wounded Romantic Spirit’ (105-141), ‘Emotional Bondage: Fetishism and Sado-Masochism’ (143-185), ‘Ritual and Purgation: Endgame Art’ (187-201), and ‘Introspection and Retreat into Formalism: New Abstract Art’ (203-233).

As Chang Tsongzung, one of the curators of the exhibition, writes, ‘The art of the Post-1989 period was significant as it characterised the spirit of the new decade, closing the chapter of the 1980s. It was important also for the fact that it presented to the world the first major coherent overview of China’s experimental art scene, and has maintained a continuing dialogue ever since.'”

Edited by Valerie C. Doran
Publisher Hanart T Z Gallery, Hong Kong, 1993
ISBN 9627376027, 9789627376026
cvii+232 pages


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See also Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art From 1980-1990 online resource.

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