What About the Art? Contemporary Art From China

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Cai Guo-Qiang

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Territory: World excluding Spain and Portugal
Size: 310 mm x 260 mm
Pages: 256
Illustrations: 150 colour, 31 b&w

RRP £36.95

  • Written by the mastermind behind the Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony, gunpowder-artist Cai Guo-Quiang
  • Draws attention to the innovations brought to contemporary art by Chinese artists
  • Features the work of several young Chinese artists, shown through quality colour and black-and-white photography

Featuring 14 artists and one artist-collaborative duo, What About the Art?: Contemporary Art from China examines the contributions of Chinese artists to the international canon of contemporary art, focusing on their innovations. Hu Xiangqian, Hu Zhijun, Xu Bing, Jenova Chen, Li Liao, Jennifer Wen Ma, Zhou Chunya, Yang Fudong, Liang Shaoji, Xu Zhen, Liu Xiaodong, Liu Wei, Wang Jianwei, Huang Yong Ping and Sun Yuan and Peng Yu all have their works showcased in this book.

Contents: Preface, Talk Talk What About The Art, Guo-Qiang, An Exhibition Document, Timeline, Exhibition Checklist, In Gratitude, Project Summary, About The Curator

Cai Guo-Qiang is a Chinese artist born in Quanzhou City in Fujian Province in 1957. He rose rapidly to fame after immigrating to the United States in 1995, culminating in a retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2008, the same year he designed the fireworks display for the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. Known for his innovative use of gunpowder to make surprisingly delicate paintings and drawings - and to fill skies with his spectacular explosive creations - he is also the subject of the film Sky Ladder, directed by the Scottish filmmaker Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland ).