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Art, Global Maoism and the Chinese Cultural Revolution$
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Jacopo Galimbert, Noemi de Haro García, and Victoria H. F. Scott

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526117465

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526117472

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Realism, socialist realism and China’s avant-garde: a historical perspective

Realism, socialist realism and China’s avant-garde: a historical perspective

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(p.35) 2 Realism, socialist realism and China’s avant-garde: a historical perspective
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Art, Global Maoism and the Chinese Cultural Revolution
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Yan Geng
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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526117472.00007

This chapter outlines the longue durée of Chinese political art from the 1940s onwards. Tracing the shift in China from realism to socialist realism and then to socially engaged avant-garde art, it argues that beneath such transformations was a redefinition of art and its epistemological relation to national identity and societal change. Interrogating paradigmatic shifts of political discourse and artistic praxis, Yan Geng’s contribution uncovers the roots of contemporary Chinese art and explains the complex relationships that exist between the cultural production of the revolution and the art of post-Maoist China.

Keywords:   China, Mao, Maoism, art, realism, socialist realism, Chinese contemporary art

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