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Chinese Art Collection


From the art of the earliest dynasties to the leading artists of the current Chinese art scene, Ai Weiwei, Zhang Xiaogang and Yin Xiuzhen


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Price: USD$280.00 USD$140.00

Ai Weiwei: Ai Weiwei’s work is an audacious blend of old and new, Western and Eastern, serious and irreverent. He has translated the readymade into a new artistic language, fusing neolithic pottery, fourteenth-century doors and seventeenth-century temple beams into surprising, at times shocking sculptures. He has documented his disdain for authority by giving the finger to the Tiananmen in Beijing, the Reichstag in Berlin and the White House in Washington (Study of Perspective, 1993-2005). And he has captured the mundane urban sprawl of his home city in a 150-hour video (Beijing 2003, 2003) that even dwarfs Andy Warhol's notorious eight-hour Empire.

Zhang Xiaogang: Disquieting Memories: This title is the first major monograph on Zhang Xiaogang (b. 1958), a leading Chinese contemporary artist, world-renowned for his haunting, surrealist works. Both a retrospective of his work and a biography of his fascinating life, Zhang Xiaogang: Disquieting Memories will be a key resource for academia and art enthusiasts alike. The luxurious book also includes an illustrated chronology featuring personal photographs from the artist's archive along with never-before-published correspondence dating from the early 1980s with his closest friends, offering an inside view of everyday life in China as well as historic movements and political events.

Yin Xiuzhen: This volume comprises of five sections. The Interview is a discussion between author and artist and their influences and motivations, the Survey looks at the artist's work in historical and contemporary context, Focus is an analysis of a single piece of the artist's work, Studio Visit brings you into the artist's creative space and Artist's Writing gives further insight into the artist themselves.

The Chinese Art Book presents a definitive selection of 300 works, from the earliest dynasties to the new generation of contemporary artists enlivening the global art world today.

From painting, calligraphy, ceramics and bronzes, to contemporary installations, photography and performance art; outstanding examples from all periods are showcased side by side, to create fascinating combinations linked with detailed cross-references.

Also includes an informative introductory essay, comprehensive glossary and an illustrated time line placing the works in their political and cultural contexts.



SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Hardback/Paperback
Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
Pages: 900 pp
Illustrations: 600 illustrations
ISBN: COLLECT100079C

Hans Ulrich Obrist is Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery, London. He has played a pivotal role in major international exhibitions and biennials, including Manifesta 1 (Rotterdam, 1996), the 50th Venice Biennale (2003) and the 3rd Yokohama Triennale (2008). His numerous books include Hans Ulrich Obrist Interviews, Vol. 1 (2003) and do it (2005), as well as a series of book-length interviews with artists and architects (including Olafur Eliasson, Wolfgang Tillmans and Zaha Hadid), which he began in 2007.

Karen Smith is a curator and critic who has been based in Beijing since 1992. Author of Nine Lives: The Birth of Avant-Garde in New China (2006), she has curated numerous exhibitions of Chinese art, including ‘The Chinese’ at Kunstmuseum Wolfsberg, Germany (2004), ‘The Real Thing’ at Tate Liverpool (2007) and ‘Subtlety’ at Platform China, Beijing (2008).

Bernard Fibicher is director of Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne. Formerly Director of Kunsthalle Bern and Curator at Kunstmuseum Bern, his exhibitions include ‘Six Feet Under: Autopsy of our Relationship to the Dead’ (2007), ‘Mahjong: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Sigg Collection’ (2005), and ‘Ai Weiwei’ (2004).

Jonathan Fineberg is Distinguished Visiting Professor, Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of more than a dozen award-winning books and catalogues on modern art including Art Since 1940: Strategies of Being, now in its third English and second Chinese edition. He has contributed to several exhibition catalogues for Pace Gallery on Zhang Xiaogang.

Gary G . Xu is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois. He is the author of numerous publications on Chinese art that include The Universe of Unreality : Zhong Biao (2013), Looking Awry : The Unconscious in Contemporary Chinese Art (2012) and Sinascape : Contemporary Chinese Cinema (2007). His curatorial credits include solo shows for Fang Lijun, Zhong Biao, Xue Song, and Yang Maoyuan in China, Singapore, and Italy. He was also the curator-in-chief of the 2013 Sanya International Visual Arts Festival.

"Fletcher probably gets bored with always being on the receiving end of praise, but his work is simply terrific - buy this book."—FX

"One of the best graphic design books ever published."—Critique

"Coaxes the reader into retraining their visual perspective."—The Independent

"Reads like the scrapbook of someone with too many good ideas. - These images [ - ] have an effortless charm and wit all of their own."—Sunday Telegraph

"...A gorgeously laid out overview in which classics like Chen Rong's Nine Dragons, painted in 1244 are juxtaposed with contemporary artists from heroic Ai Weiwei to the fireworks of Cai Guo-Qiang... Engage with the art of China past and present..."—The Guardian

"Phaidon's selection of 300 highlights from 5,000 years of Chinese art is notable for its stimulating juxtapositions... The marvelous diversity of forms selected illustrates the ongoing dialogue between contemporary Chinese artists and the traditions that both nourish and challenge them. Informative captions and a chronological timeline contextualize the individual works."—Sotheby's Magazine

"Fletcher probably gets bored with always being on the receiving end of praise, but his work is simply terrific - buy this book."—FX

"One of the best graphic design books ever published."—Critique

"Coaxes the reader into retraining their visual perspective."—The Independent

"Reads like the scrapbook of someone with too many good ideas. - These images [ - ] have an effortless charm and wit all of their own."—Sunday Telegraph

"...A gorgeously laid out overview in which classics like Chen Rong's Nine Dragons, painted in 1244 are juxtaposed with contemporary artists from heroic Ai Weiwei to the fireworks of Cai Guo-Qiang... Engage with the art of China past and present..."—The Guardian

"Phaidon's selection of 300 highlights from 5,000 years of Chinese art is notable for its stimulating juxtapositions... The marvelous diversity of forms selected illustrates the ongoing dialogue between contemporary Chinese artists and the traditions that both nourish and challenge them. Informative captions and a chronological timeline contextualize the individual works."—Sotheby's Magazine

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