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DescriptionChinese Contemporary Art. Three words that excite, perplex, and frustrate, that offer all the enticement of a rising powers vibrant new culture, but also threaten to confuse established distinctions and hierarchies of culture around the world. Where China once felt contemporary art to be a Western product adapted for local use, it now understands it as a world in which it can participate, intervene, contribute and assert its authority. Conversely, where the West once saw Chinese contemporary art as spring rolls to supplement the main banquet of its own culture, it now understands China as a rich and complex cultural environment with all the subtlety and history of its own modernism. Today, Chinese and foreigners understand that Chinese contemporary art is the aesthetic heart of the new China, a laboratory for visual ideas that find their way into society at every other level. People on both sides want more and better information: a way of tracing and ultimately participating in a scene that is changing too fast to follow. China, however, has yet to produce an art magazine worthy of its art scene. Pay for Play, a system whereby every page in an art magazine, including the cover is for sale, wherein editorial content is no different from advertising, has been the dominant practice since Chinese art magazines began to proliferate in the mid- 2000s. No art magazine inside China has a reputation remotely comparable to that of Artforum, Parkett, Afterall, or Frieze in the West ---- a reputation for identifying and explaining significant trends in art based on a credible, cultivated, and neutral editorial sensibility. Beyond that, no existing art magazine has ever had proper distribution channels immediately available inside Chinas new consumer culture, nor the editorial talent to edit and publish outstanding writing in both English and Chinese. Aesthetic questions have been largely ignored in Chinas rush to development.
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- ID: 97023579
- barcode: 9005000116875, 9005000116882, 9005000116899
- product type: magazine subscriptions
- publisher: CoMag Ltd
- Country of Publication: Hong Kong
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