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Chinese Contemporary Art from Traditional and Commercial Perspectives in the Context of Western Influence

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Zheyi Liu 1


1 Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou College of Technology and Business, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

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Zheyi Liu


This dissertation explores the impact of Western influences on Chinese contemporary art from two perspectives: traditional symbols and commercial symbols. It synthesizes diverse perspectives from scholars, critics, artists, and curators, revealing both concerns and opportunities regarding the state of Chinese contemporary art. The globalization of culture, spurred by China's economic growth and Opening-up policy, has introduced Western philosophies and art forms, reshaping production, presentation, and theoretical frameworks within Chinese contemporary art. Interviews with three prominent Chinese artists provide nuanced insights into this phenomenon, highlighting differing perspectives on the integration of Western influences and the preservation of "Chineseness" in artistic expression. While some scholars lament a potential loss of cultural identity, others see internationalization as a defining theme in contemporary Chinese art. Overall, the discourse underscores the importance of cultivating a distinct Chinese aesthetic while engaging with global artistic currents.


Chinese contemporary art, Western influences, traditional symbols, commercial symbols, globalization, economic growth, cultural identity, internationalization, artistic expression


Zheyi Liu, Chinese Contemporary Art from Traditional and Commercial Perspectives in the Context of Western Influence. Art and Performance Letters (2024) Vol. 5: 1-7. DOI:


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