Odyssey of Culture

Wenda Gu and His Art

  • Yan Zhou

Part of the Chinese Contemporary Art Series book series (CCAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Yan Zhou
    Pages 1-9
  3. Yan Zhou
    Pages 121-124
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 125-164

About this book


This book is the first case study on Wenda Gu that systematically investigates the cultural and artistic context of his life and works, examining selected images of his artwork spanning from the late 1970s to the early 21st century. It is the first monograph to provide a comprehensive and profound study of a Chinese contemporary artist. In the 1980s, the School of Hermeneutics attempted to launch a discursive revolution. Vanguard artists believed that the visual art revolution was an integral part of the critique of culture because it tended to subvert and rebuild the cultural tradition at a discursive level. This book, using a case study on Wenda Gu as representative of Chinese avant-garde, investigates the centrality of culture in art, providing readers with insights on the origin, rationale and methodology of Chinese contemporary art.


Art Heritage Culture in Art Synthesis of Culture the Critique of Culture the Cultural Fever and Avant-Garde “Forest of Stone Steles”

Authors and affiliations

  • Yan Zhou
    • 1
  1. 1.Kenyon CollegeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-45410-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-45411-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2199-9058
  • Series Online ISSN 2199-9066
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