LOS ANGELES — Jin Shan was 12 when the student-led Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 rocked China, eliciting a brutal and unprecedented military response.
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.
Even before the current documentary about him was out in theaters, Ai Weiwei had become the poster child for China’s repression of dissenting artists. But Der Spiegel has a profile of 30-year-old Zhao Zhao, a former assistant of Ai’s and an artist in his own right who’s been facing increased pressure from the government because of his work.
James Cohan Gallery’s most recent show Catch the Moon in the Water is an unexpected and thought provoking riff on the summer group show. The exhibition reflects on the work of young Chinese artists. The show’s title refers to the impossibility of capturing the moon from its reflection.