Art of Change: New Directions from China
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Art of Change: New Directions from China

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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. 

Softback
152 pages
23.8 x 17cm
ISBN: 9781853323034
RRP £24.99

Designed by Jackson Lam (Studio Hato) and Stinsensqueeze

Stephanie Rosenthal is Chief Curator at the Hayward Gallery, London

Paul Gladston is Associate Professor of Critical Theory and Visual Culture in the Department of Culture, Film and Media at the University of Nottingham

Pauline Yao is an independent curator and scholar specialising in contemporary Asian art and was the inaugural recipient of the Contemporary Chinese Art Critic Award in 2007

Colin Chinnery is an artist and curator based in Beijing. He is currently Director for ShContemporary Art Fair in Shanghai

Karen Smith is a curator and critic, 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) and Subtlety at Platform China, Beijing (2008)

Zhu Zhu is a curator and critic based in Beijing, China

Philip Tinari is editor-in-chief of the Beijing-based art magazine LEAP

Carol Lu is curator and contributing editor for Frieze, Art Asia Pacific and Tema Celeste

Katie Hill is Director of the Office of Contemporary Chinese Art and guest co-editor for the Journal of Visual Art Practice

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A uniquely focused investigation of Chinese sculpture and installation, Art of Change: New Directions from China traces a very particular seam of performative Chinese art from the late 1980s to the present. 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.

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