Chen Ke: Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World Chen Ke, Carol Yinghua Lu
Available: February 2011 ISBN: 9789881890665 Price: £19.25 Format: Paperback in slipcase Pages: 108 Illustrations: 24 col ills Size: 230 x 236 mm Language: Chinese/English Category: Art Rights: UK & Eire, Scand, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Eastern Europe & Russia only
Community of Tastes Chinese Contemporary Art since 2000 Various
Available: January 2011 ISBN: 9789881890672 Price: £35.00 Format: Hardback Pages: 311 Illustrations: 200 ills Size: 285 x 190 mm Language: Chinese/English Category: Art Rights: UK & Eire, Scand, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Eastern Europe & Russia only
This catalogue is dedicated to publishing the latest works of Chen Ke from the past two years. Exploring personal experiences and feelings has been a consistent theme in the artist’ work. This time, drawing on the novels of the same name, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, Chen Ke summarizes his contemplation about life and art. Critical review, artist statement, and interviews are also included to present strong narrative for her work. Chen Ke graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, in 2003. Working mainly as a painter, various images of little girls, representing the core of human nature, run like a thread through her works. Even though references to cartoon art are obvious, when analyzing her works in more details, elements of Western master artists as well as of traditional Chinese paintings become visible, creating an exciting tension.
JOHN RULE SPRING 2011
History never disappoints us with amazing necessity. In China,1979 witnessed both the introduction of the opening up policy and the opening ceremony of the first Star Exhibition, marking to some extent a new stage in Chinese history in which our social life would go with our culture hand in hand. Thanks to the enormous effort made by several generations over the last thirty years, social progress and new art in China is becoming the focus of worldwide attention. From Modernism in the 1980s to the political and cultural turn in the wake of the market economy in the 1990s to the unprecedented and complex social context in the first decade of the 21st century in particular, Chinese contemporary art is featuring different version of modernity from the West — it is of vital importance in the present global order where cultural differences need to be mainitained.