Exhibition catalogue for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Essays by Jeff Kelley, Christoph Heinrich, Eleanor Heartney, and Kent Logan
Published to coincide with an exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, this volume offers a fascinating survey of the Chinese art and cultural scene postTiananmen Square. Contemporary Chinese art is often discussed as a cynical reaction to emerging consumerism or as a satiric response to the academic patriotism of Socialist Realism. This richly illustrated catalogue reveals the work to be more haunted than cynical, more a matter of a nations suppressed psychic expression than of Pop iconoclasm or ironic detachment. Approximately fifty paintings, sculptures, and installations by artists such as Ai Weiwei, Fang Lijun, Li Songsong, Liu Xiaodong, and Zhang Huan convey a sense of the shadows and masks that have haunted the Chinese collective psyche during the nations troubled process of modernization.
8.25 x 9.5 inches