Amongst a host of exhibitions and books surveying new art from China, this title stands out as a uniquely focused investigation of Chinese sculpture and installation. Exploring the work of a small number of artists – Liang Shaoji, Wang Jianwei, Xu Zhen/MadeIn Company, Gu Dexin, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Chen Zhen, Yingmei Duan – and illustrating their most powerful and engaging works, Art of Change: New Directions from China traces a very particular seam of performative Chinese art from the late 1980s to the present. The artists featured here privilege performance, participation and change in their practice. Often working on a grand scale, they invite the audience to engage with overwhelming, theatrical, yet ephemeral experiences — works which transform or change over time.
Published to coincide with the major exhibition of the same name this beautiful, lavishly illustrated book explores the political, social and cultural conditions that have shaped contemporary Chinese sculpture of this kind. Commentary on individual artists is accompanied by a central essay by Hayward Chief Curator Stephanie Rosenthal, alongside critical essays and individual texts on the artists featured.
Foreword by Ralph Rugoff
Essays by Colin Chinnery, Paul Gladston, Katie Hill, Stephanie Rosenthal, Karen Smith, Phil Tinari, Pauline J. Yao, Carol Yinghua Lu and Zhu Zhu.
23.8 x 17cm
Designed by Jackson Lam (Studio Hato) and Stinsensqueeze