Art in Turmoil: The Chinese Cultural Revolution, 1966-76 by Ralph CroizierArt in Turmoil: The Chinese Cultural Revolution, 1966-76 by Ralph Croizier

Art in Turmoil: The Chinese Cultural Revolution, 1966-76

Contribution byRalph Croizier, Shentian Zheng, Scott Watson

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The Cultural Revolution was a massive social and political upheaval resulting from a battle for supremacy within the ruling Chinese Communist Party, set in motion by the party’s chairman Mao Zedong. It was also a time of both brutal iconoclasm and radical experimentation in the arts, the effects of which still resonate today.

Forty years after the Cultural Revolution, Art in Turmoil revisits the visual and performing arts of the period – the paintings, propaganda posters, political cartoons, sculpture, folk arts, private sketchbooks, opera, and ballet. Probing deeply, it examines what these vibrant, militant, often gaudy images meant to artists, their patrons, and their audiences at the time, and what they mean now, both in their original forms and as revolutionary icons reworked for a new market-oriented age.

Chapters by scholars of Chinese history and art and by artists whose careers were shaped by the Cultural Revolution decode the rhetoric of China’s turbulent decade. The many illustrations in the book, some familiar and some never seen before, also offer new insights into works that have transcended their times.

Richard King is Professor of Chinese studies at the University of Victoria, teaching Chinese literature and film, Asian popular culture, research methods, and Chinese language.
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Title:Art in Turmoil: The Chinese Cultural Revolution, 1966-76Format:PaperbackDimensions:318 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.71 inPublished:July 1, 2010Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Vibrant Images of a Turbulent Decade / Richard King and Jan Walls

Part 1: Artists and the State

1 The Art of the Cultural Revolution / Julia F. Andrews

2 Summoning Confucius: Inside Shi Lu’s Imagination / Shelley Drake Hawks

Part 2: Artists Remember: Two Memoirs

3 Brushes Are Weapons: An Art School and Its Artists / Shengtian Zheng

4 When We Were Young: Up to the Mountains, Down to the Villages / Gu Xiong

Part 3: Meanings Then and Now

5 The Rent Collection Courtyard, Past and Present / Britta Erickson

6 Hu Xian Peasant Painting: From Revolutionary Icon to Market Commodity / Ralph Croizier

Part 4: Beyond the Visual Arts

7 Model Theatrical Works and the Remodelling of the Cultural Revolution / Paul Clark

8 Feminism in the Revolutionary Model Ballets The White-Haired Girl and The Red Detachment of Women / Bai Di

9 Fantasies of Battle: Making the Militant Hero Prominent / Richard King

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Forty years after China's tumultuous Cultural Revolution, this book revisits the visual and performing arts of the period – the paintings, propaganda posters, political cartoons, sculpture, folk arts, private sketchbooks, opera, and ballet – and examines what these vibrant, militant, often gaudy images meant to artists, their patrons, and their audiences at the time, and what they mean now, both in their original forms and as revolutionary icons reworked for a new market-oriented age. Chapters by scholars of Chinese history and art and by artists whose careers were shaped by the Cultural Revolution offer new insights into works that have transcended their times.There have been many books on the Cultural Revolution within the field of politics, sociology, and anthropology, but very few largely relevant to the art of the decade available in either Chinese or English. Art in Turmoil will thus be welcomed as playing a pivotal role in constructing a framework for further and wider discussions. - Jiehong Jiang, author of Red: China’s Cultural Revolution