By Martin Jay, Ales Erjavec

ISBN-10: 0520233344

ISBN-13: 9780520233348

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After the political changes implemented by Deng, which brought about economic changes effectively making China partially a market economy, the role of art dimin- 16 Alesˇ Erjavec ished further. It started in this respect to resemble that held by art in the contemporary European countries in transition: It is both a cruel and happy fate to be an artist in Reformist China. Cruel because chances of exhibiting one’s work are slight, recognition rare and distorting and there is little or no chance of having an impact on society at any level.

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Conceptualists grasped and unmasked the artificial nature, not only of Soviet literature, but of Soviet reality itself. Their works cannot be reduced to concepts, only because they are willfully and fundamentally deduced from them. . 72 Conceptualism was an “avant-garde” notion, designating both politicized art and the nonpoliticized art that was closely related to the avant-garde of the West. From its inception, Conceptualism in the socialist countries was an unofficial art form, possessing at the same time the aura of elite art.

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