The headless woman in contemporary Chinese art

Linda Pittwood

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In this article, selected works by four Chinese artists who emerged towards the
end of the twentieth century are examined. The works have in common the motif
of the headless woman. This motif is explored within the historical timeframe in
which they have lived, trained, emerged as professional artists and produced these
works; investigated in relation to the artists’ contact with the work of European
and American artists using the same motif; considered in the context of the lives of
women in the PRC following the end of the Cultural Revolution, and in relation to
ideas about individualism and collectivism (and particularly the move from one to
the other) in China.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-82
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Contemporary Chinese Art
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


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