The 28th January, sees the start of the Chinese New Year 2017 – the ‘Year of the Rooster’. We thought we’d celebrate by highlighting a Manchester-based publisher that we are proud to have on our list – the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CfCCA).
‘The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art works nationally and internationally to extend knowledge about Chinese contemporary art and visual culture. [Their] publications explore both [their] own artistic programme and the wider field of Chinese contemporary art, from artist’s books to critical writing, often in collaboration with our Asia-based associate curators.
[Their] Manchester-based centre has a proud 30-year history of UK ‘first’ solo exhibitions, featuring exceptional artists that go on to achieve international acclaim. We work with a wide array of partners to provide people with a lively and innovative programme of exhibitions, residencies, engagement projects, festivals, symposia and events.’
See this link to all of their titles that are available to purchase on our website. But if you want a summary of their title highlights then also see the links below:
First up is their bestseller, Institution for the Future where international artists, curators and other cultural workers were invited to contribute to a collection of ideas about just that. Contributors include Hans Ulrich Obrist, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Jens Hoffman, Marina Abramovic and Yoko Ono. This one has become a ‘classic’ on our list.
Next is Alternatives to Ritual: Exhibition as Medium in China which explores the current traditional exhibition format, and proposes a reconstruction of the relationship between artist, institution and curator. The book was published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name at Goethe Open Space in Shanghai in 2012/3.
Finally, we are currently anticipating the arrival of this in our stores, their very newest publication – 30 Years of Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art. Though we have already seen a finished copy, so can vouch that it is really interesting. It marks the important contribution that the organisation has made to the evolution of Chinese contemporary art, and includes both essays and conversations.
You may also want to look at other titles on our list that deal specificially with emerging Chinese contemporary practice. If so, have a look at these publications too.