Guan Xiao

2014 FutureGreat Asia, selected by Karen Archey

By Karen Archey

Guan Xiao, Cloud Atlas, 2013, mixed media. 270 × 120 × 50 cm. Courtesy the artist and Magician Space, Beijing

I may get murdered by a self-righteous museologist for saying this, but what else mimics the uncanny anachronism of rifling through the many centuries’ and civilisations’ worth of artefacts in a museum than noodling around online? Where, other than at the Met and on Contemporary Art Daily, can you come across an Easter Island moai and a few minutes later find a Matthew Monahan that looks pretty damn similar? Such works’ near-imperceptible but exceedingly vast differences and the culture industry…

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