Xu Zhen’s sculpture “Hello” has been called “surreal,” “edgy,” and “Stanford’s very own sandworm from Dune.”
In Just a Blink of an Eye, the performers lean backwards, appearing as victims of an unseen violence.
With Wavelength: Reset at the Powerlong Museum, Qibao, once regarded as drab wilderness, has become the place in Shanghai to be seen.
HONG KONG — After the Tiananmen uprising and ensuring crackdown in 1989, the Chinese art world nosedived in a stark and different direction.
There are few hot topics in the art world like China, which along with its growing economic might is starting to flex its cultural soft power and demonstrate that it is central to any global dialogue.
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.