Above Sea: Contemporary Art, Urban Culture, and the Fashioning of Global Shanghai - Rethinking Art's Histories (Hardback)Jenny Lin (author)
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Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 200
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
'This book is such a pleasure to read. Jenny Lin goes underneath and alongside Shanghai's most conspicuously glittering surfaces, born of Chinese Communist Party-sponsored capitalism and transnational cultural investment, to question complexly pastiched urbanism and art. With welcome frankness, she explores Shanghai-based creations in the context of this global city's recent violently contested past and heated, hybridised present. Generously threaded with insights from interdisciplinary research, as well as interviews with such major figures as Xu Bing and Gu Wenda, Above sea illuminates issues of art, urbanism, capital and worlding in and emanating from China's largest mega-city.'
Maud Lavin, Professor of Visual and Critical Studies and Art History, Theory and Criticism, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
'In Shanghai, ground zero for today's globalised trade in mass-produced commodities, the visual arts, from painting and calligraphy to fashion wear to architecture, take part in projecting the image of China's economic success. Above sea rejects the view of Chinese artistry as a binary pastiche of exoticised Asian traditions lightly clothed in western conceptual modernisms. With clarity and insight, Jenny Lin applies a visual cultural approach to art history to reveal how artists, designers and urban projects should instead be understood in local terms, as deeply engaged in either masking or exposing Shanghai's less glamorous realities, past and present.'
Jerome Silbergeld, P. Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Professor in Chinese Art, Emeritus, Princeton University
'The nuances Lin teases out through her selection of probes make the book a timely and relevant contribution to the nascent discourse on the rapid rise of Chinese contemporary visual art in the last two decades.'
'Above Sea offers its readers a fresh and creative interpretation of Shanghai culture through a palimpsestic reading of its recent art history. Lin's beautiful, clear prose is a genuine pleasure to read and this book should appeal to specialists and general readers alike.'
Journal of Visual Art Practice
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