The amount of material being published about China is staggering. For us, the books about design, art, architecture and branding are most relevant to our interests (those being how all those are tangled in cultural development. Art and China’s Revolution explores the countries artistic output from the 1950s to the 1970s (art under Mao if you will). There is an intent to refocus this output as more than mere progaganda art, and situate the work as important precursor to the current swell of contemporary art in China.

Edited by Melissa Chiu and Zhen Shengtian, the book was released last week by Yale University Press.

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