AW Asia recently announced the publication of the Chinese-language version of Chinese Contemporary Art:7 Things You Should Know, by Melissa Chiu, director of the Asia Society Museum, NY. The book is tailored to the emergent Chinese collectors we hear so much about. As the demand for luxury and lifestyle goods among wealthy Chinese continues to rise, crystal ball gazers are predicting a parallel rise in collecting.
Topics covered in Melissa Chiu's book include the early history of the avant-garde in China, the rise of museum culture and collecting there, and the return to China of artists formerly living abroad. Among the artists featured are: Cai Guo-Qiang, Zeng Fanzhi, Zhang Xiaogang, Cao Fei, Zhan Wang and Rong Rong.
Melissa Chiu was the founding director and Vice-President of the Asia-Australia Arts Centre in Sydney and curator of Paradise Now? Contemporary Art from the Pacific, an exhibition that included several New Zealand-based artists, notably Shane Cotton, Bill Hammond, Michael Parekowhai, Peter Peryer, John Pule, Lisa Reihana and Ruth Watson.
Image: Melissa Chiu, author of Chinese Contemporary Art: 7 Things You Should Know