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Above Sea : Contemporary Art, Urban Culture, and the Fashioning of Global Shanghai, Hardback Book

Above Sea : Contemporary Art, Urban Culture, and the Fashioning of Global Shanghai Hardback

Part of the Rethinking Art's Histories series


Shanghai, long known as mainland China's most cosmopolitan city, is today a global cultural capital.

This book offers the first in-depth examination of contemporary Shanghai-based art and design - from state-sponsored exhibitions to fashionable cultural complexes to cutting edge films and installations.

Informed by years of in-situ research, the book looks beyond contemporary art's global hype to reveal the socio-political tensions accompanying Shanghai's transitions from semi-colonial capitalism to Maoist socialism to Communist Party-sponsored capitalism.

Case studies reveal how Shanghai's global aesthetic constructs glamorising artifices that mask the conflicts between vying notions of foreign-influenced modernity and anti-colonialist nationalism, as well as the city's repressed socialist past and its consumerist present. -- .


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 200 pages, 13 colour illustrations and 30 black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Art & design styles: from c 1960
  • ISBN: 9781526132604



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