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A Return To the Real

New Art and New Spaces at the End of the 1990s

Zhang Zhaohui

WANG JIN, Ice: Commercial War in Central China '96, 1996, performance, Zhengzhou City.

The 1990s saw intensive, remarkable and rapid urbanisation in China, with expanding cities, heightening skyscrapers, elongating highways, and a growing population flow from rural areas to the cities. Accompanied by globalisation, this accelerating process of modernisation has complicated Chinese society. In terms of the development of new art, three characteristics are increasingly visible: the emergence of a younger generation of artists…

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