China’s Art Scene

Posted by Reading Time: 2 minutes


Mar. 6 – On Friday afternoons, we like to feature the best weekly article from China Expat that bridges the gap between China business and culture. We hope you’ll find it interesting and enjoyable. This week we look at China’s art scene, a subject that has long interested China Briefing. Since 2007, we have featured contemporary Chinese artwork on the cover of our magazine.

Changing Times, Changing Art
Chinese contemporary art didn’t take the world by storm through talent only. In the nineteen eighties, the cult of Mao and the quirks of a self-segregated country still informed China’s reality. Artists such as Xu Bing and Haung Yongping drew international attention for their unique interpretations of this reality’s effects.

China’s storied “Opening Up” commenced in earnest in the 90s. The clash of restrictive communist society battered by modernizing forces made for subject matter just as compelling as that of the previous decade. Today, Sotheby’s claims record-breaking prices for the works of 90s superstars such as Zhang Xiaogang.

China Expat is available with a weekly update for complimentary subscription and features regular articles on Chiense art, culture, and history as well as a comprehensive China city travel guide section.