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Modernity through syncretism and eclecticism: Wu Guanzhong's artistic practice in the cultural and political environment of the PRC (1949-1989)

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dc.contributor.advisor Luo, Hui
dc.contributor.advisor Gabrakova, Dennitza Liu, Wenwen 2020-01-23T03:07:01Z 2020-01-23T03:07:01Z 2019 2019
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines Wu Guanzhong’s 吴冠中 (1919-2010) art and art theory in the context of socialist and post-socialist China. Wu’s art came to maturation through a sophisticated syncretism of Chinese and Western painting styles and techniques. Aesthetic considerations notwithstanding, each of Wu’s artistic breakthroughs was also a direct response to the cultural policies of the Chinese Communist Party or to the larger cultural and political currents at important junctures of twentieth-century China. Mirroring the syncretistic style and political nature of his artwork, Wu’s art theory is characterised by an eclecticism that mediates between Chinese and Western artistic concepts and walks a thin line between creative agency and political correctness. By identifying the particular qualities of Wu’s art practice that captured the spirit of the 1980s and contributed to his phenomenal success during the ‘Culture Fever’ at the time, this thesis seeks to demonstrate how Wu’s unique blend of syncretism may exemplify an alternative path of Chinese artistic modernity, one that is forged by ‘official artists’ working within the system and shaped by the artists’ strategies of cultural politics as much as their aesthetic choices. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.language.iso zh
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Literati painting en_NZ
dc.subject Self-expression en_NZ
dc.subject Yijing zh
dc.subject Xiesheng zh
dc.subject Formal aesthetics en_NZ
dc.subject The aesthetics of abstraction en_NZ
dc.subject Multiple perspectives en_NZ
dc.subject Syncretism en_NZ
dc.subject Eclecticism en_NZ
dc.title Modernity through syncretism and eclecticism: Wu Guanzhong's artistic practice in the cultural and political environment of the PRC (1949-1989) en_NZ
dc.type text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Languages and Cultures en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit University Library en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Doctoral Thesis en_NZ Chinese en_NZ Art History en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Doctoral en_NZ Doctor of Philosophy en_NZ
dc.rights.license Author Retains Copyright en_NZ 2019-10-19T01:49:20Z
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 200202 Asian Cultural Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoa 1 PURE BASIC RESEARCH en_NZ

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