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Avatars and Antiheroes: A Guide to Contemporary Chinese Artists [Hardcover]

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Chinese contemporary art is currently enjoying a worldwide boom, fetching record-breaking prices at auction houses around the globe. The country's rapid transition from Communism to consumerism, and the dizzying changes brought about by urbanization, globalization and new technologies have created a fascinating explosion of art overwhelmingly concerned with the search for self-identity in a society that, from Confucius to Mao, has traditionally disregarded individualism for the collective good.
Avatars and Antiheroes reflects the schizophrenic undercurrents of a nation in continuous fast-forward. From the Cynical Realism and Political Pop movements associated with the post-Tiananmen generation of artists such as Yue Minjun, whose grinning representations of himself as antihero seem to mock the revolutionary heroes of old, to the pop-culture generation spearheaded by Cao Fei, whose digital avatars live in a world without borders, this book showcases the work of the most important contemporary artists to emerge from China in recent years.
Stunning full-color plates of the work of Chinas leading painters, photographers, sculptors, performance artists, video artists, and even a fireworks artist are complemented by insightful commentary from Beijing-based art specialist Claudia Albertini, who personally interviewed many of the artists featured.

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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.92" Width: 7.8" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   1.68 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 2, 2008
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  4770030711  
ISBN13  9784770030719  

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Regional > Asian
2Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Ethnic & National > Chinese
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