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Published on Aug 13, 2007
Josh Yiu, Foster Foundation Assistant Curator of Chinese Art at the Seattle Aisian Art Museum, gives Hyun-Jung Jang, a Korean journalism student visiting Seattle to learn English, a tour of the exhibit - "Shu: Reinventing Books in Contemporary Chinese Art" that opened on August 9th and closes December 2, 2007.
"This exhibition examines the impact and notion of the book in the artists' upbringing and in their art. In contrast to traditional artworks that had a foundation in texts, the book—and knowledge by extension—inspires art-making in contemporary China in an almost perverse way, because many book-related artworks parody the purpose and power of the book. Artists created unintelligible books with blurred characters, or books devoid of a logical sequence or narrative, thereby nullifying the authority of the text." - SAM Press Release July 9, 2007