Rong Rong's East Village. Text by Hung Wu. Distributed by Art Media Resources, New York, 2003. 230 pp. Folio (11 X 14 in./27.5X 35.5 cm). Edition of 800 copies. Softbound book with 40 offset black-and-white prints (each print, 11 by 14 in./27.5 by 35.5 cm.), contained in printed cloth covered box.
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"Of the contemporary Chinese art that made a splash in the 1990's, the most adventurous emerged from a specific source: an artist's community outside Beijing known as the East Village, which was very different from its New York counterpart of a decade earlier. Physically it was a cluster of rundown farm houses. Much of its output took the form of ephemeral installations and performances. It was subject to periodic raids by the police, who assumed that young people of uncertain gender doing unusual things in the nude were politically suspect." (NY Times). Rong Rong's East Village, a limited edition portfolio of forty of his most memorable photographs taken between 1993 and 1998, is a portrait of this contemporary artistic community The photographs are divided into three groups according date and subject. The first group, taken from 1993 to June 1994, portrays the community in its original location. The second group records continuing performances by East Village artists from late 1994 to 1997, after the community had been forced to disperse. The third group consists of Rong Rongs self-portraits taken in his East Village days. Accompanying the photographs is a companion volume of extracts taken from the diary Rong Rong kept while he was living in the East Village with an extensive commentary by Wu Hung, entitled Rong Rong's East Village. This set is published in a limited edition of 800 numbered copies and presented in an elegant cloth covered case.
As New; NOTE: This is a very heavy item, weighing almost 18 lbs./8.1 kg.