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Paul Gladston is the inaugural Judith Neilson Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of New South Wales. He was previously Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures and Critical Theory at the University of Nottingham and, between 2005 and 2010, the inaugural Head of the School of International Communications and Director of the Institute of Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China. Paul has written extensively about contemporary art in and from the People’s Republic of China with particular reference to the concerns of critical theory. His book-length publications include Contemporary Chinese Art: A Critical History (Reaktion, 2014), which received ‘publication of the year’ at the Awards of Art China, 2015. His forthcoming monograph Contemporary Chinese Art, Aesthetic Modernity and Zhang Peili: Towards a Critical Contemporaneity will be published by Bloomsbury in October 2019. He was founding principal editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art from 2014 to 2017 and an academic adviser to the internationally acclaimed exhibition ‘Art of Change: New Directions from China’ which was staged at the Hayward Gallery-South Bank Centre London in 2012.
Critical reflections of the significances of Yu Youhan's paintings as a locus of aesthetic modernity
Zhai Zhenming in Conversation with Paul Gladston