Qty:1
  • List Price: $19.95
  • Save: $3.93 (20%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Dragon & Rose Garden has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Dragon & Rose Garden Paperback – March 31, 2010


See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback, March 31, 2010
"Please retry"
$16.02
$12.06 $10.64

Best Books of the Year
See the Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Year
Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Timezone 8/Modern Chinese Art Foundation (March 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9081450301
  • ISBN-13: 978-9081450300
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,150,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Contemporary Chinese art is heterogeneous, chaotic, anarchic and often provocative. Modern art in China is still looking for its own identity. It is often equally unclear on what it is founded. Is this art rooted in deeper strata of Chinese culture, or is the concept of this work imported entirely from the West? Performances, political messages and satire, kitsch and poetry all go hand in hand, together with brilliantly painted scenes from the modern Chinese world and references to the classical tradition of painting in ink on paper. Politics is never far off in this work. The artists systematically probe the unwritten boundaries within which the political regime allows them to work. They passionately experiment to find out exactly how far they can exceed these boundaries without being called back into line.
The same question can be asked regarding this new art as for the transformation of the Chinese cities, especially Beijing: to what extent will the modern art of China still be Chinese art?

Sus Van Elzen, excerpted from her Introduction to Dragon & Rose Garden: Art and Power in China.

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
0
4 star
1
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Review by Sinologist Simon Leys on November 1, 2010
Sinologue Simon Leys wrote about the book:

" Dragon & Rose Garden - Art and Power in China." ,by Sus van Elzen

Spectacular metamorphoses taking place in China today, are affecting all major aspect of national life (the only, be it considerable, exception being politics: there, sure enough, the Communist Party intends to keep its strict monopoly of power).
This recent creative explosion is particularly impressive in the cultural field, above all in the visual and spatial arts, where a new generation of artists is manifesting itself now with surprising imagination, originality and freedom - and drawing indeed the attention of a vast international audience of connoisseurs and collectors.
This movement gets its most dynamic, exuberant and provocative character at the highest in the capital Beijing, where the transformations of the city itself reflect the paradoxes and the problematic nature of contemporary Chinese culture: with a perplexing rapidity (accelerated by the recent Olympic hysteria) the exquisite beauty of traditional Beijing has been destroyed almost entirely, to be replaced by a futuristic, inhuman, rootless, surrealist and cosmopolitan megalopolis.
It is impossible to predict where this new culture will lead, but it is essential right now to understand its main components. The sudden flourishing of the arts represents in a high proportion the irrepressible reaction of a people that after sixty years of totalitarian enlistment, finally recovers a margin of freedom for its innate genius. The maoist catastrophe, with its culmination in the tragedy of the "Cultural Revolution", has by now been evacuated from memory by order of the authorities. But artistic activity is by definition, the affirmation of an identity.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again