Above Sea : Contemporary Art, Urban Culture, and the Fashioning of Global Shanghai Hardback
by Jenny Lin
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: 30/11/2018
- Category: Art & design styles: from c 1960
- ISBN: 9781526132604