In March this year, Intellect published the first issue of the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. The individual articles can be purchased individually here. This includes my article: The headless woman in contemporary Chinese art. It investigates work by Liu Jianhua, Lin Tianmiao, Yu Chang and Wang Xingwei; below is the abstract:
contemporary Chinese art,headless woman,identity,propaganda,Cultural Revolution
In this article, selected works by four Chinese artists who emerged towards the end of the twentieth century are examined. The works have in common the motif of the headless woman. This motif is explored within the historical timeframe in which they have lived, trained, emerged as professional artists and produced these works; investigated in relation to the artists’ contact with the work of European and American artists using the same motif; considered in the context of the lives of women in the PRC following the end of the Cultural Revolution, and in relation to ideas about individualism and collectivism (and particularly the move from one to the other) in China.