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Subject/Keyword
Dissidence
Nathalie Heinich
Chinese Contemporary Art
Contemporary Art
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Leduc, Marie D
Supervisor and department
Harris, Steven (Art and Design)
Dorow, Sara (Sociology)
Examining committee member and department
Harris, Steven (Art and Design)
Davis, Walter (Art and Design)
Hill, Katie (Sotheby's Institute of Art, London)
Dorow, Sara (Sociology)
Le, Elisabeth (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Westerman, Richard (Sociology)
Department
Department of Sociology
Department of Art and Design
Specialization
Visual Art and Globalization
Date accepted
2016-02-12T15:46:28Z
Graduation date
2016-06
Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Degree level
Doctoral
Abstract
Taking an interdisciplinary approach combining sociology and art history, this dissertation considers the phenomenal rise of Chinese contemporary art in the global art market since 1989. The dissertation explores how Western perceptions of difference and dissidence have contributed to the recognition and validation of Chinese contemporary art. Guided by Nathalie Heinich’s sociology of values and Pierre Bourdieu’s work on the field of cultural production, the dissertation proposes that dissidence may be understood as an artistic value, one that distinguishes artists and artwork as singular and original. Following the careers of nine Chinese artists who moved to France in and around 1989, the dissertation demonstrates how perceptions of dissidence – artistic, cultural, and political – have distinguished Chinese artists as they have transitioned into an artistic field dominated by Western liberal-democratic values and artistic taste. The transition and transformation of Chinese contemporary art and artists then highlights how the valorization of dissidence in the West is both artistic and political, and significant to the production of contemporary art.
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English
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doi:10.7939/R3KH0FB3M
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This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private, scholarly or scientific research. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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