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  • Paperback: 473 pages
  • Publisher: Timezone 8 (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9881714338
  • ISBN-13: 978-9881714336
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,698,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Elisabeth Slavkoff on January 15, 2007
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A biographical sketch in the style of Vasari's portraits of renaissance artists. With many interesting details on Chinese contemporary art. However the selection of the nine artists seems random. Also the status of artists in China as intellectuals is not really worked out. Often the biography is sketchy . The description of the various movements like the Pond Association could have been more detailed.

In summary a good book, and good reading but a far cry away from a scholarly in depth analysis of Chinese Avantgarde art.In that respect Martina Koeppel Yang's Semiotic WArfare is still t h e work of reference.
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Nine Lives: The Birth Of Avant-Garde Art In New China by Karen Smith (an acknowledged expert in avant-garde art and art history) is a profusely illustrated, 453-page, in-depth mapping of the history of modern or avant-garde art in China since around 1993 to the present. Providing readers with a detailed and historically accurate depiction of the progression of contemporary art and artistic cultural diversity in mainland China, Nine Lives impressively compiles and references the paintings, photography, visual and dimensional arts, all within the framework of a clear and concise history of China's social and political culture, ultimately resulting in an the unexpected transition to contemporary art. A seminal work of impressive scholarship and a core addition to academic library Art History reference collections, Nine Lives is very recommended and rewarding reading, especially for students of Chinese culture and modern societal landmarks as reflected through Chinese art, politics, social activism, and modern artistic symbolism.
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