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By Wu Hung

Regardless of the liveliness and creativity of avant-garde chinese language artwork within the post-Mao period and its prominence on the planet of foreign modern artwork, in the past there was no systematic advent to this significant paintings in any Western language. furthermore, lots of the correct fundamental records have existed simply in chinese language, scattered in hard-to-find courses. modern chinese language paintings treatments this example through bringing jointly rigorously chosen basic texts in English translation. prepared in chronological order, the texts advisor readers during the improvement of avant-garde chinese language artwork from 1976 till 2006. simply because experimental chinese language artwork emerged as a family phenomenon within the Seventies and Eighties and its next improvement has been heavily regarding China’s social and not pricey transformation, this quantity specializes in paintings from mainland China. even as, it encompasses the actions of mainland artists living in another country, on the grounds that artists who emigrated within the Nineteen Eighties and Nineties have been usually key contributors within the early avant-garde pursuits and feature endured to have interaction with the mainland paintings international. the first files comprise the manifestos of avant-garde teams, prefaces to big exhibitions, writings through consultant artists, vital serious and analytical essays, or even a few reputable records. each one bankruptcy and part starts with a concise preface explaining the importance of the texts and delivering the mandatory old heritage; the amount contains a timeline summarizing very important artwork phenomena and similar political occasions.

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Thinking can be both direct and derivative, flat and multidimensional. Thinking can be pursued both from the macrocosmic level as well as from the microcosmic level. In life, stimuli to trigger artistic creativity are everywhere. Therefore, the source of artistic production is infinite. In addition, its composition can be even more liberal and open-ended. All phenomenal elements can be selected, including objects that are not mutually connected. Through restructuring, they can be adapted into the orchestration of a new order within the frame.

Interestingly, the artist attached a real mirror to the painting. Through this mirror, viewers could see themselves become a part of the composition, thus provoking an even deeper reflection. The first-place winner in traditional Chinese painting was Hu Wei’s Li Daozhao, Qu Qiubai, Xiao Hong. The artist refrained from making a generic group portrait and instead arranged the three figures into discrete spaces. When viewing the three incongruous parts within this one painting, viewers are struck by a sense of geographical and historical distance.

When I follow this meandering trail of thoughts looking for my future, I am confused, distraught, and hesitant . . Along this rugged and ruthless trail, I read through my mind’s eye the old chapter of the Ten-Year Calamity [ the Cultural Revolution ], which chronicled all of our sweet smiles and bitter woes. It broadened the horizons of my creative field of vision. It made me realize that thousands of young men had valiantly bidden farewell to the past and got on with their new lives. But, I still feel the lonely soul that wanders and grieves.

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