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The Chinese Art Market's 21st-Century Boom


192 Pages, 6.25 x 9.25

Trade Paper, $59.99 (US $59.99) (CA $80.99)

Publication Date: June 2019

ISBN 9781848222427

Rights: US, CA & CN

Lund Humphries (Jun 2019)

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This book presents the first in-depth analysis of the staggering growth of the Chinese contemporary art market, from an emerging bit-part player in the 1990s and early 2000s to a key pillar of the global art trade, representing over a fifth of all worldwide art sales. In an engaging personal account Lisa Movius throws light on the fascinating phenomenon of the Chinese art market. She reveals a colourful world, seething with contradictions, in which deep-pocketed collectors inhabit auction houses owned by the People's Liberation Army, vast artists' studios with hundreds of staff churn out work like factory assembly lines, and a frenzy for museum building sees Monets installed in the basements of cupcake-scented malls. How has the incredible expansion of the Chinese contemporary art market been possible, who are the key players behind it and what art and artists are fuelling its growth? For anyone interested or engaged in the global art trade, this detailed account offers vital and often unexpected answers.

Author Biography

Lisa Movius is a journalist, living and working in China, who has covered a multitude of Chinese cultural, political and economic subjects since the late 1990s. She has been China Bureau Chief Correspondent for The Art Newspaper (International Edition) since 2015 and has also contributed articles to The Wall Street Journal, ArtInfo, Art in America, WWD, and the South China Morning Post.