Deconstructing Contemporary Chinese Art

Selected Critical Writings and Conversations, 2007-2014

  • Paul Gladston

Part of the Chinese Contemporary Art Series book series (CCAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Essays

  3. Conversations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Paul Gladston
      Pages 95-104
    3. Paul Gladston
      Pages 105-113
    4. Paul Gladston
      Pages 115-120
    5. Paul Gladston
      Pages 125-128
    6. Paul Gladston
      Pages 129-132
    7. Paul Gladston
      Pages 133-137
    8. Paul Gladston
      Pages 139-145
  4. Writing for Exhibitions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Paul Gladston
      Pages 149-160
    3. Paul Gladston, Lynne Howarth Gladston
      Pages 161-166
    4. Paul Gladston
      Pages 167-171
    5. Paul Gladston
      Pages 177-181
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 185-195

About this book


The book presents a range of articles and discussions that offer critical insights into the development of contemporary Chinese art, both within China and internationally. It brings together selected writings, both published and unpublished, by Paul Gladston, one of the foremost international scholars on contemporary Chinese art. The articles are based on extensive first-hand research, much of which was carried out during an extended residence in China between 2005 and 2010. In contrast to many other writers on contemporary Chinese art, Gladston analyses his subject with specific reference to the concerns of critical theory. In his writings he consistently argues for a “polylogic” (multi-voiced) approach to research and analysis grounded in painstaking attention to local, regional and international conditions of artistic production, reception and display.


Ai Wei Wei Avant-Garde’ Art in Reform-era China Contemporary Chinese Art Critical theory of Art Modernity and tradition Polylogic approach to research

Authors and affiliations

  • Paul Gladston
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of NottinghamNottinghamUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-46487-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-46488-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2199-9058
  • Series Online ISSN 2199-9066
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