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Touching the Stones. English Edition


The title of this book is taken from an image coined by Deng Xiaoping: “To cross the river you must touch the stones.” This metaphor for slow and painful progress can be applied to the development of the arts in China since the beginning of the reforms in the early 1980s. The present volume includes contributions from over 50 artists, critics and academics, and provides a complete overview of the developments in the Chinese art world. There are chapters dealing with the three important generations of contemporary Chinese artists, interviews, illustrations, a chronology and commentary of major exhibitions, extracts from influential reviews, as well as unpublished articles by leading scholars.