A Constellation of Stars: Huang Rui and Ma Desheng: Art Editors, 1978-1983 (2013) [Chinese/English]

7 November 2017, dusan

A collection of artists’ works from the Chinese underground magazines Today! and Foreign Literature edited by members of the Stars Group, Huang Rui and Ma Desheng, after the Cultural Revolution. The book also contains two timelines; the first outlines key events and developments in China during this period. The second is specific to the Stars Group and Foreign Literature magazine.

Featured artists: AI Weiwei (艾未未), GAN Shaocheng (甘少誠), HUANG Rui (黃銳), Leilei QU (曲磊磊), MA Desheng (馬德升), Shuang LI (李爽), SUN Weimin (孫為民), WANG Huaiqing (王懷慶), YAN Li (嚴力), YUAN Yunsheng (袁運生), ZHONG Acheng (鍾阿城).

星星點點: 黃銳和馬德升的美編活動 1978-1983
Edited by Iona Whittaker and Huang Rui
Publisher Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, Beijing, 2013
212 pages
via Huang Rui


Decoding the Chinese Internet: A Glossary of Political Slang, 3rd ed (2015)

6 December 2016, dusan

“China Digital Times maintains a wiki of subversive Chinese Internet language, an essential element of China’s “resistance discourse” which counters state propaganda. This Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon is named after the unofficial mascot of Chinese netizenry, an alpaca whose name sounds nearly the same as a serious profanity. The Lexicon contains hundreds of terms and since 2013 the most time-tested and ubiquitous ones have been compiled into ebook glossaries.

This third edition of Decoding the Chinese Internet includes new coinages and iconic turns of phrase. Organized by broad categories, it guides readers through the raucous world of China’s online resistance discourse. Students of Mandarin will gain insight into word play and learn terms that are key to understanding Chinese Internet language. But no knowledge of Chinese is needed to appreciate the creative leaps netizens make in order to keep talking.”

First published in 2013

Third edition
Introduction by Xiao Qiang and Perry Link
Publisher China Digital Times, June 2015
Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 International License
ISBN 9780989824347
69 pages
HT amy

Commentary: Washington Post (2015), Public Radio International (2015).


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Wu Hung (ed.): Contemporary Chinese Art: Primary Documents (2010)

14 September 2016, dusan

This sourcebook and anthology is “a collection of selected texts that includes artists’ manifestos, exhibition catalogue texts, essays by critics, and interviews with key artists, many of them available in English translation for the first time. Arranged in chronological order and framed by contextual explanations, these documents guide readers through the developments in the Chinese art scene from the late 1970s to the 2000s.”

Edited with the assistance of Peggy Wang
Publisher Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2010
ISBN 9780822349433, 0822349434
xvi+455 pages

Reviews: Bloomer (China J 2011), Winterton (Taipei Times 2011), Pearlman (Leonardo 2011), Dal Lago (ARTmargins 2014).


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