Ai Weiwei

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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 December, 2007, 12:00am


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China Art Book claims to feature the 80 'most renowned' contemporary Chinese artists today, including the likes of Ai Weiwei, Cai Guoqiang, Xu Bing and Yue Minjun. How did you come up with the list?

Editor Uta Grosenick:

'With publications like this, you have to have the courage to pick, you have to consider it as if it was a show or biennial and you choose the artists you like.

'[But] this selection is not a reflection of my own personal taste. I worked with a team of curators and art consultants. The artists selected are highly visible internationally and successful in their different areas. They have been featured in biennials and arts festivals. But this book is not a guide that advises readers on who's hot next and what to buy. This book is very important for research purposes. It's a who's who and very broad in its coverage.

'There is quite a good contemporary art scene in China right now and that's why I got curious. I do think the scene is sustainable given there are so many talents around. Depending on how well this publication fares [financially], I hope there will be more volumes because there are so many great Chinese artists and the 80 here are just part of that [talent pool]. This is a book to start a dialogue on the subject and hopefully there will be similar publications in the future.'