HOLIDAY GIFTS CHINESE CONTEMPORARY ART BOOKS
The Chinese contemporary art market is booming! Sotheby’s record-breaking auctions in Hong Kong last month have proved that this is a market anyone working in or collecting Asian contemporary art can stand to know more about. To help, we’ve rounded up seven books we know will have you clued up in no time on the top artists working in China today. Fill your shelves or those of others with any of these essential books these holidays.
60 Years of Chinese Art: Contemporary Art in the People’s Republic of China (1949-2009)
By Long River Press
This fascinating book offers a road map to understanding major artistic trends in China. By tracing the origin and development of “state sponsored” art in China from a once much-maligned cultural entity to serving as the cultural framework for post-Tiananmen artists, we can see how these two major “schools” are at the root of contemporary art in China today.
Contemporary China – An Introduction
By Michael Dillon
This book presents a concise introduction to contemporary China. It is intended as a first book for those coming new to the subject, providing the essential information that most people need to know, without going into excessive detail. Its coverage includes the economy, society, politics and international relations; China’s history, especially the twentieth century; and Taiwan and Hong Kong as well as the People’s Republic of China.
Does Price Matter?: A Critical Assessment Of Prices In The Contemporary Chinese Art Market
By Linlin Chen
By analysing the price records of contemporary Chinese art at the main auction houses, supplemented by case studies of key artists, collectors, curators and other major players, this thesis investigates the reasons for and explores the meaning of current pricing of contemporary Chinese art. It assesses how high prices are not only significant for the art market but also impact the critical reception of the artwork.
The Revolution Continues: New Art from China
By The Saatchi Gallery
China has emerged as the next frontier for contemporary art. Chinese artists, such as Zhang Xiaogang, Yue Minjun, Wang Guangyi, and Shen Shaomin, are producing some of today’s most provocative new work. Not only is this the seminal book on the subject, it is the first book to bring contemporary Chinese art into focus.
Young Chinese Artists: The Next Generation
By Christoph Noe, Xenia Piech, Cordelia Steiner
The artists presented in this book came of age in a time when freedom of thought and expression was possible. Unlike their predecessors, these artists did not feel a compulsion to politicise their work. This volume features thirty artists, examples of their work, and short texts about their art and lives in China.
Chinese Ink Painting Now
By Jason Kuo
China’s brush-and-ink traditions remain vital in contemporary Chinese art; the genre is continually under renewal by successive generations of artists. This book reflects the recent dissemination of Chinese art and the explosion of interest in this work in the West. Nearly 60 artists are discussed here and in addition to highly informative textual materials, the book features more than 170 images drawn from the world’s leading institutional and private collections.
Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art From The Sigg Collection
By Feng Boyi, Christoph Heinrich, Pi Li, Uli Sigg, Li Xianting, Hou Hanru
Mahjong, named after the popular and ancient Chinese game of chance, presents more than 200 paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, video pieces, and installations from Sigg’s collection. In addition to a number of internationally famous works, such as Ai Weiwei’s Han vase with Coca-Cola logo, Fang Lijun’s bald heads, or Xu Bing’s “Xinglish” calligraphy, this book also offers readers a unique opportunity to discover tremendously gifted artists still largely unknown outside China. Listed in 2008 as one of the top 5 books on Chinese art recommended by Chinese art specialist and Art Radar guest contributor Pippa Dennis.
- Ai Weiwei’s studio party cancelled? Art Radar was there – November 2010 – an original on-the-ground report of Ai’s controversial party (with images)
- Questioning “Made in China” – Interview with Avant-Garde Beijing Artist: Huang Rui – October 2009 – an interview with “the father of contemporary Chinese art” on consumer society and political scrutiny
- MoMA Asia Art Archive collaborate, launch Chinese art projects with public programmes – September 2010 – explains two excellent new resources on contemporary Chinese art
- Top 8 Art Radar search terms: contemporary art trends revealed – August 2010 – Chinese propaganda posters sit at number 3 in this list of our most popular search terms
- Top 5 books on Chinese art by Chinese art specialist, Pippa Dennis – October 2008 – many of these books are available for purchase on our Amazon store