Originally published in The Economist | NEW YORK
A new exhibition focuses on art that was made in or inspired by China between 1989 and 2008
HANGING from the ceiling of the magnificent rotunda that Frank Lloyd Wright created for the Guggenheim Museum in 1959 is an undulating black dragon. Twenty-six metres (85 feet) long, it is made almost entirely of the inner tubes of bicycles. Its head is a sculptural confection of broken cycles, its rear a writhing excrescence of black rubber loops. The visual etymology is obviously and satisfyingly Chinese. Then you notice hundreds of tiny black cars crawling all over its underbelly, like head lice on a schoolchild—symbolic of the moment when the country, in the headlong pursuit of economic growth, swerved from pedal power to petroleum.
originally published on supchina.com OCTOBER 27, 20170
by AMI LI
“Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World,” on right now at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, is an art show of massive proportions. Taking up the entire rotunda and two additional galleries of the landmark Frank Gehry building, it’s easy to become overwhelmed when there’s a 65-foot dragon soaring above your head.
But between the crowds and the mythical beasts, here are 10 pieces worth a second (or seventh) glance as you make your way through two decades’ worth of Chinese contemporary art.
The curator explains the origins of the exhibition and the thinking behind its most controversial elements. Andrew Goldstein,
When it comes to the contemporary art of Asia, with all its multifaceted history and geopolitical sprawl, there are few more accomplished curators in America than Alexandra Munroe. A native New Yorker who was partly raised in Japan and studied at a monastic compound in Kyoto, Munroe became a star after organizing “Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky” for the Yokohama Museum of Art in 1994, which later traveled to the United States and did much to frame how postwar Japanese art is viewed in the country.
Since its first edition in 2009, Abu Dhabi Art has established itself as one of the region’s – and the world’s – most dynamic and innovative art fairs. Although relatively small in size compared to its international counterparts, Abu Dhabi Art punches well above its weight, attracting top galleries from around the world.
Organized by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), Abu Dhabi Art returns for its 8th edition in 2016 from November 16-19 at Manarat Al Saadiyat with a lineup of 40 galleries from 20 countries, exhibiting within the four different sectors of the fair: Modern & Contemporary, Bidaya, Beyond, and Gateway.
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