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Author Chumley, Lily, author

Title Creativity Class : art school and culture work in postsocialist China / Lily Chumley
Published Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 2016
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Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; CONTENTS; List of Illustrations; Preface; 1 Creative Human Capital; 2 Thirty Years of Reform; 3 Art Test Fever; 4 New Socialist Realisms; 5 Self-Styling; 6 Aesthetic Community; CONCLUSION Masters of Culture?; Acknowledgments; Notes; References; Index
Summary The last three decades have seen a massive expansion of China's visual culture industries, from architecture and graphic design to fine art and fashion. New ideologies of creativity and creative practices have reshaped the training of a new generation of art school graduates. Creativity Class is the first book to explore how Chinese art students develop, embody, and promote their own personalities and styles as they move from art school entrance test preparation, to art school, to work in the country's burgeoning culture industries. Lily Chumley shows the connections between this creative explosion and the Chinese government's explicit goal of cultivating creative human capital in a new "market socialist" economy where value is produced through innovation. Drawing on years of fieldwork in China's leading art academies and art test prep schools, Chumley combines ethnography and oral history with analyses of contemporary avant-garde and official art, popular media, and propaganda. Examining the rise of a Chinese artistic vanguard and creative knowledge-based economy, Creativity Class sheds light on an important facet of today's China
Bibliography Includes bibliographical records and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Art -- Study and teaching -- China.
Decorative arts -- China.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1400881323 (electronic bk.)
9781400881321 (electronic bk.)