The export of Chinese avant-garde art

The development of Chinese 'avant-garde' art was a result of the economic reform introduced by Deng Xiaoping in 1979. The opening up of China, after years of self-imposed isolation, suddenly brought to its art community an astonishing world of new artistic vocabularies and possibilities. The tide of new aesthetic and artistic languages came at a time when artists and intellectuals had just emerged from the Cultural Revolution and were making critical reflections on this devastating campaign that put the nation in an unprecedented turmoil. Senior artists like Liao Bingxiong created cartoons that harshly criticized the collective madness that was caused, not just by the political manipulation, but also by traditions deeply embedded in Chinese culture, and his feeling was shared by many.

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