Cynical Realism


Cynical Realism

Cynical realism is a contemporary movement in Chinese art, especially in the form of painting, that began in the 1990s. Beginning in Beijing, it has become the most popular Chinese modernist art movement in mainland China. It arose through the pursuit of individual expression by Chinese artists that broke away from the collective mindset that existed since the Cultural Revolution. The major themes tend to focus on socio-political issues and events since Revolutionary China (1911) to the present. These include having a, usually humorous and post-ironic, take on a realist perspective and interpretation of transition that Chinese society has been through, from the advent of Communism to today's industrialization and modernization.

Artists associated with Cynical Realism include Fang Lijun, Liu Wei, [Richard Gunde, "Culture and Customs of China", Greenwood Press, 2002, p83. ISBN 0313308764] and Yue Minjun. [Damian Harper, "China", Lonely Planet, 2005, p62. ISBN 1740596870]

References

* [http://www.artandculture.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/ACLive.woa/wa/movement?id=1093 Cynical Realism] at ArtandCulture.com
* [http://www.artrealization.com/contemporary_chinese_art/movements/cynical_realism.htm Cynical Realism] at Art Realization China

External links

* [http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/art/2007/02/dont_believe_the_hype_about_ch.html Don't believe the hype about Chinese art] - Guardian art blog commentary by Ana Finel Honigman
* [http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/art/2007/02/china_will_shake_the_art_world.html China will shake the art world yet] - Guardian art blog commentary by Eliza Gluckman


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