Rejected Collection: Rejected Proposals by Chinese Contemporary Artists

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This is an unprecedented survey of rejected proposals from Chinese artists, providing a unique perspective on the development of contemporary Chinese art. "Rejected Collection" is an archive of rejected proposals by Chinese artists from the early 1980s through the present day. By focusing on the phenomenon of rejected projects, this volume provides a unique perspective on contemporary artistic practice, curatorial criteria, and art's ever-shifting position relative to institutions, the market, and experimentation. It also represents a history of the development of Chinese contemporary art from its underground beginnings to its rise to international attention, public acceptance, and institutional support. At the same time, these rejected proposals provide a mirror that reflects back on foreign art institutions and their expectations regarding Chinese art. Interviews with the artists and the official reasons for each rejection make this a thoroughly engaging and unprecedented document.