Photography from New China
A exhibition of Chinese photographs since the reform period, at the Getty
Friday, January 21, 2011
December 7, 2010 through April 3, 2011
West Pavilion, Terrace Level, Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive , Los Angeles, CA 90049
Providing a contrast to the nineteenth-century views of China and other parts of East Asia by Felice Beato presented concurrently in the Center for Photographs, this exhibition offers a cross section of Chinese photographs produced since People's Republic leader Deng Xiaoping introduced the current period of Opening and Reform. Highlighting the Getty's recent acquisition of photographs by Hai Bo, Liu Zheng, Song Yongping, Rong Rong, and Wang Qingsong, the show features some of the dominant styles in recent Chinese work, including performance for the camera, the incorporation of family photographs, and an emphasis on the body. Supplemented by loans of work by Huang Yan, Qiu Zhijie, and Zhang Huan, the exhibition explores such themes as prerevolutionary Chinese literati, vestiges of the Cultural Revolution, and the newly rampant consumerism.