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Description - Wenda Gu by Mark H. C. Bessire

Wenda Gu is one of the leading contemporary Chinese artists of his generation. Known by some as "the hair artist" and remembered by others as the artist whose monumental installation was violently destroyed by a Russian artist at the infamous "Interpol" exhibition (Stockholm, 1996), he is part of the diaspora that has sent many Chinese artists to the West since the 1980s. He has built his reputation on reinvigorating ancient Chinese symbols and practice - the seal, calligraphy, ink painting - with contemporary vision and meaning. This is a comprehensive presentation of his work to date. Two sections of plates document the "United Nations" series and other projects, many of which are presented in the exhibition this book accompanies. The book also includes previously unpublished writings by Gu, an interview with the artist by David Cateforis and essays by Mark Bessire, the co-curator of the exhibit, and Gao Minglu and Gan Xu, both authorities on the new Chinese avant-garde.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262025522
ISBN-10: 0262025523
Format: Hardback
(298mm x 235mm x 25mm)
Pages: 112
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 8-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Mark H. C. Bessire

Mark H. C. Bessire is Director of the Bates College Museum of Art in Lewiston, Maine.

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