Claire van den Heever
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About Claire van den Heever
Claire van den Heever first became interested in China as a recent graduate living in London. She decided to travel overland across Europe and Asia to Shanghai to see what all the fuss was about and arrived eighteen months later, having documented her experiences on OldWorldWandering.com. In Shanghai, she delved into China's contemporary art scene, got to grips with Mandarin, and three years later set off again to continue exploring the Old World. After two years in Southeast Asia and another in Beijing, she returned to her native South Africa, where she continues to write about China from her home in Cape Town.
Titles By Claire van den Heever
Chinese art's journey from mass-produced propaganda in the Mao era to market darling mirrors China's own momentous changes like few other disciplines. Today, in both contemporary art and contemporary Chinese society, commerce and politics coexist in a delicate balance, which some call sensible and others, selling out. By travelling to the studios of China's art world superstars, hearing their rags-to-riches tales and interviewing the critics, curators and collectors that have been around since its idealistic beginnings, author Claire van den Heever paints a picture of Chinese art's bumpy path to commercial and critical success, and uncovers the secrets it tried to keep along the way.