Art of Change
New Directions from China
Published by Hayward Gallery Publishing.
Text by Stephanie Rosenthal, Paul Gladston, Pauline Yao, Colin Chinnery, Carol Lu, Karen Smith, Katie Hill, Phil Tinari, Zhu Zhu.
Art of Change is the first catalogue to trace out a very particular seam of performative Chinese art from the late 1980s to the present, as manifested in the work of eight artists: Liang Shaoji, Wang Jianwei, Xu Zhen/MadeInCompany, Gu Dexin, Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, Chen Zhen and Yingmei Duan. Often working on a grand scale, they invite the audience to engage with overwhelming, theatrical, yet ephemeral experiences--works which transform over time, like Xu Zhen’s Actions of Consciousness, in which concealed assistants make colorful sculptures, and toss them into the air from inside a sealed white cube. Published to coincide with a major exhibition at London’s Hayward Gallery, this book explores the political, social and cultural conditions shaping contemporary Chinese sculpture.