Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World

Kang Kang on the controversial survey show

By Kang Kang

Wang Xingwei, New Beijing, 2001, oil on canvas, 200 x 300 cm. Courtesy M+, Hong Kong

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York 6 October – 7 JanuaryBracketed between the spectacle of cruelty of Tiananmen Square and the pageant of soft power that was the Beijing Olympics, Art and China After 1989’s complex curatorial propositions most readily coalesce around a teleological reading of China’s ascension to global power, where its art and artists alternately witness, critique, appropriate, subvert and collaborate with ever-evolving technologies of capitalist growth and governance. Qiu Zhijie’s scroll-like Map of ‘Art and China After…

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