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Essays

Sleight of Hand

The Use Of Text In Contemporary Chinese Art

Melissa Chiu

QIU ZHIJIE, Tattoo 1, 1992, colour photographs, 50 x 38 cm.
QIU ZHIJIE, Tattoo 2,1992, colour photographs, each 50 x 38 cm

A glance at the last twenty years Chinese art a large of reveals that number of mainland artists utilise language in their work. Although this is not specific to contemporary Chinese artists, the use of writing in contemporary Chinese art has its origins less in a western conceptual tradition than in the history…

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