Tuesday, December 05, 2006

New Book: Performance Art in China

Performance Art in China takes as its subject one of the most dynamic
and controversial areas of experimental art practice in China. In his
comprehensive study, author Thomas J. Berghuis, introduces and
investigates the idea of the ?role of the mediated subject of the
acting body in art,? a notion grounded in the realization that the
body is always present in art practices, as well as their subsequent,
secondary representations.

Through a series of in-depth case studies, Berghuis reveals how during
the past 25 years Chinese performance artists have ?acted out? their
art, a process involving the preparation of material, as well as
planning and arranging the way the body operates in space, often in
opposition to the principles governing correct behavior in the public

In addition to a 25 year chronology of events, a systematic index of
places, names and key terms, as well as a bibliography and a glossary
in English and Chinese, Performance Art in China also offers the
reader numerous previously unpublished photos and documents, making it
a must for anyone interested in contemporary art today.

Title: Performance Art in China
Author: Thomas J. Berghuis
Publishing City: Beijing
Publishing Date: November 2006
ISBN: 988-99265-9-8
Document Type: Hardcover
Book Language: English
Pages: 320
Color Images: 200+
Dimensions: 27 x 21 cm
Retail Price: $40.00

Copies can be ordered online at: www.timezone8.com

International distribution to bookstores will follow over the next few

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