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My GenerationYoung Chinese Artists

Published by GILES in association with the Tampa Museum of Art

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My Generation - Double page spread

My Generation - Double page spread

Add to Cart US$29.25   was US$45.00

Published — (UK and USA)

Dimensions — 160 pages, 280 × 240 mm (9½ × 11 in)

Illustrations — 100 colour and 36 b&w

Format — Hardback

Price — UK£29.99/US$45.00

ISBN — 978-1-907804-45-8

News  —  My Generation opens in California June 27

            —  My Generation: the show is “superb”, and the book...

            —  My Generation opens in two venues on June 7

            —  New York Armory Show puts focus on new Chinese art

Sales Points

"My Generation is accompanied by a striking and informative catalogue...[it] contains insightful essays by curator Pollack and multimedia artist and curator Li Zhenhua" "Superb"–Simon Watson, HuffPost Arts & Culture

"Will shatter notions of Chinese culture"–Joanne Milani, The Tampa Tribune

"Intriguing" "For most of the young Chinese artists, this is the first time their work has been shown in the US"–Alexandra Peers, artnet

Featured artists and collectives are Birdhead, Chen Wei, Chi Peng, Cui Jie, Double Fly Art Center, Fang Lu, Guo Hongwei, Hu Xiangqian, Hu Xiaoyun, Huang Ran, Irrelevant Commission, Jin Shan, Liang Yuanwei, Liu Di, Lu Yang, Ma Qiusha, Qiu Xiaofei, Song Kun, Sun Xun, Wang Yuyang, Xu Zhen/Made In, Yan Xing, Zhang Ding, Zhao Zhao, Zhou Yilun.

Publication accompanies a major exhibit opening at both Tampa Museum of Art and St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, FL,  June 7 – September 28, 2014, before travelling to Oklahoma City Museum of Art, October 25, 2014 - January 18, 2015.

About the Book

My Generation: Young Chinese Artists looks at a whole new generation of artists that has emerged in China since 2000. All of these artists were born after 1976 and the end of the Cultural Revolution era; and all of them have been exposed to international art movements and increasingly liberalized education in a society undergoing rapid industrialization and globalization. Their artworks can be characterized as “post-Chinese”, free of stereotypes and icons, and liberated from an East-West dichotomy.

This striking and appealing new volume presents 50 artworks by 27 of these young Chinese artists, covering all media and types of production – there are painters, video artists, installation artists, photographers, and artist collectives. Together they address issues of alienation, self-definition, cynicism, and rebellion as they examine their lives and their homeland from a global perspective.

The principal essay by Barbara Pollack places these artists within the context of modern Chinese art, and the major social and economic developments in China since the late 1980s. A second essay by Li Zenhua speaks specifically for this generation of young artists, their cultural context, and how and where they work and exhibit.


About the Author(s)

Barbara Pollack is a New York-based independent curator, writer, and journalist, and a leading expert on contemporary Chinese art. She is the author of the critically acclaimed survey The Wild, Wild East: An American Art Critic's Adventure in China (2010).
Li Zhenhua is a multimedia artist, curator, and founder and director of the Beijing Art Lab