Yishu - Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art


The September/October 2018 Issue Is Now Available

September 6, 2018

Editor’s Note Over the years, Yishu has paid considerable attention to artists who are working outside the main urban centres and in more rural locales. Lu Mingjun opens Yishu 88 with a text that considers artists who work in different regions of mainland China within the context of what he refers to as the “frontier,” […]

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The July/August 2018 Issue Is Now Available

July 1, 2018

Editor’s Note In its seventeen years of publishing, Yishu has frequently presented special features on women artists. Yishu 87 continues this legacy and offers texts by Eliza Gluckman and Phoebe Wong, who employ a conversational methodology in their research on the lives of women artists in Hong Kong; Margarida Saraiva, who considers how museums in […]

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Keith Wallace, Yishu Editor-in-Chief participates in Art Basel Hong Kong Conversations, March 31, 2018

May 31, 2018

Yishu Editor-in-Chief Keith Wallace was invited to participate in Art Basel Hong Kong’s programme of conversations. This session focused on Art Criticism and Critical Writing: Where to Now? and was moderated by Hera Chan, Independent Curator and Critic, Hong Kong. He joined other conversation participants from publications focusing on contemporary Asian art: Elaine W. Ng, […]

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The May/June 2018 Issue Is Now Available

May 4, 2018

Editor’s Note Yishu 86 is honoured to present essays by Mia yu and Wang Nanming, recipients of the Seventh yishu awards for Critical Writing on Contemporary Chinese art. These awards represent Yishu’s endeavour to celebrate and support an activity that all too often receives little recognition. Mia yu has contributed an essay about artists who, […]

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The March/April 2018 Issue Is Now Available

March 1, 2018

Editor’s Note Yishu 85 opens with an essay by Susanna Ferrell and Britta Erickson on the early work of Yang Jiechang, one of contemporary Chinese art’s most important artists and among the first to exhibit outside of China. The multi-year series of nearly all-black paintings, titled 100 Layers of Ink, embodies a complex deliberation of […]

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The January/February 2018 Issue Is Now Available

January 3, 2018

Editor’s Note Mainland China’s museum and gallery scene has evolved rapidly over the past decade. Yishu 84 opens with two essays examining Shanghai, a city that is taking strategic approaches in its recognition of culture as an essential component of a vibrant urban experience. John Clark focuses on the influence the Shanghai Biennale has had […]

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The November/December 2017 Issue Is Now Available

November 1, 2017

Editor’s Note Yishu 83 marks our fourth collaboration with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and its Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art, and Senior Advisor, Global Arts, Alexandra Munroe. As part of these collaborations, Yishu has published presentations given by leading scholars at the Guggenheim Museum’s Asian Art Council. These meetings and discussions are […]

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The September/October 2017 Issue Is Now Available

September 1, 2017

Editor’s Note Yishu has an extensive history, since 2003, of reviewing the work of artists of Chinese descent at the Venice Biennale. In this issue, Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker examines the exhibition at the China Pavilion, which brought together individual works as well as collaborations between folk artists and contemporary artists. She probes the challenges of […]

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The July/August 2017 Issue Is Now Available

July 5, 2017

Editor’s Note Over the years, Yishu has published a number of thematic issues addressing topics that have currency in the minds of artists, critics, art historians, and curators. In some cases, the topics have been geographical, ideological, or historical in nature and have involved collaborations with institutions such as the Asia Art Archive, the Guggenheim […]

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The 11th Annual Award of Art China (AAC), May 23rd, 2017

June 23, 2017

Launched by Artron Art Group, the 11th Annual Award of Art China is one of China’s most influential art awards focusing on academic and artistic achievement. Its ceremony was held at the Palace Museum in Beijing on May 23rd, 2017. The rotating president of the AAC Judging Committee this year was Zheng Shengtian and the […]

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The May/June 2017 Issue Is Now Available

May 1, 2017

Editor’s Note Over the turn of the twenty-first century, the movement of migrant workers from rural areas to urban ones in mainland China took place on a scale unmatched anywhere else on earth. That this subject has made its way into China’s visual art is addressed by Wu Hung and Madeline Eschenburg in Yishu 80. […]

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The March/April 2017 Issue Is Now Available

March 1, 2017

Editor’s Note Yishu 79 opens with features on two artists, Lee Kit and Zhou Bin, whose work reflects idiosyncratic approaches and eludes easy labels. Both artists do, however, explore aspects of the everyday and have an interest in the crossover between art and life. Godfre Leung points out how Lee Kit has been preoccupied with […]

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The January/February 2017 Issue Is Now Available

January 1, 2017

Editor’s Note Yishu 78 presents a diverse selection of texts beginning with a feature on Lee Mingwei, an artist whom we last covered in 2002. Rachel Ng looks at his work from the perspective of cultural identity in a world of globalization and, in addition, how his work is positioned with respect to relational aesthetics. […]

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The November/December 2016 Issue Is Now Available

November 2, 2016

Editor’s Note Yishu 77 has two distinct highlights. One is the announcement of and publishing of texts by recipients of the Yishu Awards for Critical Writing and Curating on Contemporary Chinese Art. With the generous financial support of Cc Foundation, Shanghai, and JNBY, China, we have expanded the awards to recognize five individuals (an increase […]

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The September/October 2016 Issue Is Now Available

September 1, 2016

Editor’s Note Performance art has a strong legacy in southwest China, particularly in the city of Chengdu. Sophia Kidd, who previously contributed two texts on performance art in this region (Yishu 44, Yishu 55), updates us on an art medium that has shifted emphasis over the years but continues to maintain its presence and has […]

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The July/August 2016 Issue Is Now Available

July 2, 2016

Editor’s Note Yishu 75 opens with a text by Shao-Lan Hertel that explores cross-cultural encounters among three artists—Wang Dongling, Roman Verostko, and Andreas Schmid—as it pertains to the evolution of calligraphy in China during the 1980s and into the 90s, a relatively early period for contemporary Chinese art, and the subsequent interaction with aspects of […]

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The May/June 2016 Issue Is Now Available

May 2, 2016

Editor’s Note Each of the texts in Yishu 74 has arisen in response to an exhibition, emphasizing the importance of exhibitions as platforms for thinking about questions that exist beyond the artwork itself. Together, these texts—which explore art history, geopolitical contexts, and curatorial intentions—serve to rupture established narratives of history and emblems of nationhood in […]

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Yishu Editor-in-Chief Keith Wallace to Present the Fifth Yishu Awards and to Host “What China?” at Art Basel Hong Kong

March 23, 2016

Yishu will be participating in Asia Art Archive’s Open Platform at Art Basel Hong Kong on March 24, 4-5:30pm. We will be presenting the Fifth Yishu Awards for Critical Writing on Contemporary Chinese Art followed by a discussion titled “What China?” Please come and join us at the AAA Booth P9, Institutions and Bookstores Area […]

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The March/April 2016 Issue Is Now Available

March 2, 2016

Editor’s Note Yishu 73 opens with a text on the innovative handmade puppets developed by Shanghai artist Maleonn. Puppetry is an area of creative practice that has received scant attention from the art world, and Maleonn’s incorporation of various found objects into the construction of his theatrical presentations demonstrates the kind of resourcefulness and imagination […]

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Yishu As a Media Partner of India Art Fair, January 28-31, 2016

January 25, 2016

Yishu is delighted to be a media partner of India Art Fair, which opens from January 28-31, 2016. About the Fair India Art Fair is South Asia’s leading platform for modern and contemporary art and portal to the region’s cultural landscape. Founded in 2008, India Art Fair has become the bedrock of a now booming […]

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