Flipping through a magazine

The consumed and consuming 'woman' in contemporary Chinese art

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Abstract

The turn of the millennium marked China’s full engagement with globalized capitalism, the fulfilment of the contemporary turn in Chinese art and an increase in representations of women and female bodies in contemporary Chinese art. The ‘consumed and consuming’ body had arrived in China via, amongst other means, glossy fashion and lifestyle magazines. This article produces a comparative textual analysis of two artworks, the single-channel video installation Yue Jing Jing, (2002) by Chen Lingyang and the photographic installation Summer, (2009) by Yang Zhenzhong. Both artworks feature glossy women’s magazines. The two works will be compared in how they represent ‘women’, and the question asked, what do the differences in the artists’ treatment of the female body and glossy magazines suggest about gendered subjectivity?.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-129
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Contemporary Chinese Art
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes

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Contemporary Chinese Art
Artwork
China
Female Body
Textual Analysis
Lifestyle
Capitalism
Chinese Art
Glossy Magazines
Women's Magazines
Summer
Artist
Video Installation
Millennium
Fulfillment
Subjectivity

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Flipping through a magazine : The consumed and consuming 'woman' in contemporary Chinese art. / Pittwood, Linda.

In: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Vol. 6, No. 1, 01.03.2019, p. 113-129.

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