Here’s a look at some of this year’s acts of art censorship.
LOS ANGELES — Jin Shan was 12 when the student-led Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 rocked China, eliciting a brutal and unprecedented military response.
HONG KONG — More than US$1 billion of art was for sale at Art Basel Hong Kong, according to insurer AXA ART. But the fair managed to look beyond sales, and also displayed a number of serious counterweights to the frenzied acquisitive impulse.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s first full-on foray into the world of contemporary Chinese art, Ink Art: Past As Present In Contemporary China surveys 70 works by 35 artists.
Ai Weiwei is a media sensation, and that’s not a bad thing. The artist’s pioneering works, relentless activism and life-broadcasting on Twitter and other media have turned Ai the artist into Ai the figurehead. His role as a pioneer of contemporary Chinese art in the Western world, taking on landmark exhibitions like his recent Tate Turbine Hall commission, is an extremely important one. But for all the attention Ai gets, the giant sometimes overshadows his country’s other artists in a way that’s detrimental to our own understanding of Chinese contemporary art as a whole. Here are some other Chinese artists worth looking up, learning about and paying attention to.