Features 271 the alternative? Other authors (Terry Smith, for example) have explored this question explicitly. The complexity around our current obsession with the present moment, and with immediate gratiﬁcation allowed through images (selﬁes), including regimes for determining value and meaning, would bring a lot more complexity to this art historical conundrum. To be fair, that is not the primary preoccupation of this volume but it would help to unite the various elements of the book since the relationship between artists in Hong Kong who make ink paintings and those who stage performances or write on public walls (grafﬁti) are very difﬁcult to situate without the co-dependency that the term contemporary involves. This co- dependency is, in a way, the best argument that readers should make their way through this impressive volume. Even if one has never been to Hong Kong, it is a location that matters because all of us live in the same moment and see ourselves reﬂected in distant capitals in myriad ways. We are all challenged by the dynamics of decentralized market economics and governments that seem entirely unresponsive to the needs of their people. The artists and collectives, the venues and organisms that Vigneron chronicles,
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Dec 12, 2019
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