What’s new this week in the White Rabbit Collection Research Library
See what’s new in the White Rabbit Collection Research Library this week:
The Centre – On Art and Urbanism in China (2019)
edited by Annika Aitken, Simon Maidment, Ewan McEoin and Megan Patty.
“It is without question that China is today synonymous with change. The past forty years in China – whether in terms of its geopolitical influence and economic position, or the complexion of a life within the country – can be seen as a watershed time in modern history.
Recognizing that art and design have a unique and sometimes contested role in shaping Chinese society, The Centre: On Art and Urbanism in China is a collection of newly commissioned texts that examine modes of creative production, exhibition, curating, collecting and urban transformation, against a backdrop of critical perspectives on the historical moment and speculative futures.
This volume, published to coincide with an exhibition focus on China, including 'A Fairy Tale in Red Times: Works from the White Rabbit Collection', features a range of key Chinese practitioners working today across art, design and architecture, and acts as an entry point to ongoing engagement with contemporary China. " (National Gallery of Victoria)
Zhang Peili: From Painting to Video (2019)
edited by Olivier Krischer.
“In 2014, New York-based artist Lois Conner gifted one of pioneering Chinese artist Zhang Peili’s last paintings to The Australian National University’s newly opened Australian Centre on China in the World. Never exhibited and thought lost, the reemergence of Flying Machine (1994) prompts an exploration of the relation between painting and video in the oeuvre of Zhang Peili.
Given Zhang’s significance as a leading conceptual painter in the 1980s, then as a media art pioneer and educator in the 1990s and 2000s, Zhang Peili: From Painting to Video is also a nuanced study of broader developments in Chinese contemporary art’s history.” (ANU Press)
A Life in a Sea of Red: Photojournalism by Liu Heung Shing (2019)
text by Pi Li, Christopher Phillips, Geoff Raby, Liu Heung Shing
"This book contains the two most important bodies of work by Pulitzer-Prize-winning photojournalist Liu Heung Shing: photos of the pivotal decades of Communism in China and Russia, made between 1976 and 2017.
Adapting the phrase “alive in the bitter sea” from a Chinese proverb about perseverance in tumultuous times, A Life in a Sea of Red presents scenes of hope, hardship and change under and after Communist rule." (Steidl Press)
Hong Kong Soft Power: Art Practices in the Special Administrative Region 2005-2014 (2018)
by Frank Vigneron.
“In late 2014, the pro-democracy demonstrations that were called the "Umbrella Movement" revealed to the world that Hong Kong was not the money-obsessed society it had often been portrayed as. Hong Kong Soft Power is a description of the complex relationship the artists and activists of this city have had with the country it has been part of since 1997.
Hong Kong Soft Power describes the local art field as a site of struggle where the connections with Chinese Mainland institutions and art practices play a fundamental role.” (The Chinese University Press)
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