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Children of Marx and Coca-ColaChinese Avant-garde Art and Independent Cinema$
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Xiaoping Lin

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833367

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833367.001.0001

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Discourse and Displacement

Discourse and Displacement

Contemplating Beijing’s Urban Landscape

(p.33) Chapter 1 Discourse and Displacement
Children of Marx and Coca-Cola

Xiaoping Lin

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter reviews “Space and Vision: The Impression of Transmuting Daily Lives in Beijing,” an exhibition of five Chinese avant-garde artists curated by Huang Du, which opened for two days at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Beijing in 1998. The photographic and video installations of the artists represent the capital city’s public and private spaces affected by globalization by featuring subject matters that ranged from skyscrapers to McDonald’s hamburgers. Indeed, it is the transformation of Beijing that furnished the theme of “Space and Vision,” a subject that has recently aroused considerable discussion among Chinese and Westerners. The chapter then gives insight into Beijing as an “Olympic city,” where new architecture evokes a strong response in avant-garde artists such as Hong Hao and Wang Guofeng.

Keywords:   Chinese avant garde, avant-garde artists, Huang Du, Contemporary Art Gallery, globalization, Beijing, Olympic city, Hong Hao, Wang Guofeng

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