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Avant-Garde In Chinese Art

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This chapter examines to what extent or in what sense there has been an avant-garde presence in Chinese art. It also examines in what sense is the avant-garde present in contemporary Chinese art connected to avant-garde in the west. First, the chapter provides a brief account of avant-garde in western art, and then analyzes the relevance of the avant-garde to developments in Chinese art. There exists an extensive body of writings on the western aesthetic avant-garde. The author argues that the avant-garde in both the aesthetic and social senses is a recurring phenomenon throughout the history of art, beginning at least in the nineteenth century. The chapter focuses on the dialectic between changes represented in new art and the art of the past. It discusses the similarities found in examining the avant-garde in Chinese art with reference to its place in western art.

Keywords: avant-garde; Chinese art; western aesthetic avant-garde; western art



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