Spotlight on a New Generation: Contemporary Chinese Artists

FEBRUARY 6, 2020 TO NOVEMBER 1, 2020


In the last 100 years, China has undergone dramatic changes, including the emperor’s abdication in 1912, the establishment of the Republic of China (1912–49), the Communist takeover under Mao Zedong in 1949, the Cultural Revolution (1966–76), and the establishment of reforms after Mao’s death in 1976.

Today China is among the world’s fastest growing economies, becoming a global leader in renewable energy, artificial intelligence, and green technology. Its relevance in the art world also grows as Chinese contemporary artists have gained international recognition.

The works presented here were produced by artists living in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the US who all reference traditional media and artistic practices—like working with ink on paper or silk—but breach historic boundaries by using new formats, techniques, and subject matter.

Xu Bing's Square Word Calligraphy: Quotations from Chairman Mao will be on display until November 1st, 2020.

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Xu Bing, Square Word Calligraphy: Quotations from Chairman Mao, 2000. Ink on paper. 

Set of four hanging scrolls, each panel: 97 5/8 x 27 1/4 inch

© Xu Bing Studio.