Leduc, Marie. Dissidence: The Rise of Chinese Contemporary Art in the West. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2018.
Interest in Chinese contemporary art increased dramatically in the West shortly after the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. Sparked by political sympathy and the mediatized response to the event, Western curators, critics, and art historians were quick to view the new art as an expression of dissident resistance to the Chinese regime. In this book, Marie Leduc proposes that this attribution of political dissidence is not only the result of latent Cold War perceptions about China, but also indicative of the art world’s demand for artistically and politically provocative work—a demand that mirrors the valorization of free expression in liberal democracies.