From the 1980s, many Chinese artists have experimented with a range of unconventional materials. Their works–in plastic, paper, silk, ash, and tobacco–form a major trend in Chinese art. The Allure of Matter offers the first serious consideration of these ground-breaking material explorations, coining the term Material Art to describe works that place “matter” itself as the primary vehicle of investigation and expression. The book contains four ground-breaking essays, profiles of twenty-five artists, and corresponding color images.
This publication is issued on the occasion of the exhibition The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from June 2, 2019 through January 5, 202020. Written by Wu Hung and Orianna Cacchione, with contributions from Christine Mehring and Trevor Smith.
- 264 pages, 9.5 × 12 × 1 inch
- Illustrated throughout in color