Jijie Zheng

Jijie Zheng

Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies
Doctoral researcher

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PhD Title: Chinese Contemporary Art and the West (1989-2010)
Supervisor: Dr Gregory Salter
PhD History of Art


My research centres around the sustained study of Chinese Contemporary Art(1989-2010) and the West, with a focus on four artists.  The first chapter will establish the background to the artistic exchange between East and West, discussing reforms in China through the 1980s-90s and the opening of Chinese borders to Western Art. It will moreover tease out the similarities and motivations in works by Cai Guoqiang, Xu Bing, Ai Weiwei, Zhang Xiaogang.

Remaining chapters will present a close analysis of these four representative artists, exploring how each of them inspired and created what is now considered ‘iconic’ Chinese contemporary art. The second chapter will assess the strategies and skills of successful artists and the supporters and investors of Chinese contemporary art. The third chapter will investigate the relationship between Chinese contemporary art and American pop art from multiple angles, while chapter four analyses how elements of ancient Chinese culture are applied in contemporary art by Cai Guoqiang, Xu Bing, Ai Weiwei, Zhang Xiaogang, before concluding with how China's ancient culture itself provides inspiration for the Western art community in the early twenty-first century.

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