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Odyssey of Culture

Wenda Gu and His Art

  • The first case study monograph on a Chinese contemporary artist

  • Examines the case of a globally established Chinese vanguard artist

  • Written by a long-term critic who has studied and lived in China and the West


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

  1. 1.Kenyon CollegeUSA

About the authors

The author has worked as a critic of Chinese contemporary art for three decades, and has taught art theory and art history at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China, and Kenyon College, Ohio, USA, consecutively.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Odyssey of Culture
  • Book Subtitle Wenda Gu and His Art
  • Authors Yan Zhou
  • Series Title Chinese Contemporary Art Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Chinese Contemporary Art Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-662-45410-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-52606-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-662-45411-4
  • Series ISSN 2199-9058
  • Series E-ISSN 2199-9066
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 164
  • Number of Illustrations 49 b/w illustrations, 40 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cultural Studies
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