LEAP 1

The inaugural issue of LEAP set about to survey the trends of the entire previous decade, calling on key figures to voice their opinions one year at a time, recounting the decade’s key events in a month-by-month chronology, looking in-depth at the genesis of Factory 798–the gallery district that largely defines the decade–and commissioning art company MadeIn to render a number of key scenes from the decade in their signature cartoon format. Elsewhere, the issue looks at the scene in Chengdu, the video art of Li Ming, the collegiate memorabilia of Jiang Zhi, and Chu Yun’s maquettes of Dongguan public sculptures. The front section includes an interview with then ShContemporary director Colin Chinnery and a recap of the Ullens Center’s “Breaking Figures” symposium. The 19 shows reviewed include Ai Weiwei’s retrospective at Munich’s Haus der Kunst and Fang Lijun’s Guangdong Museum of Art survey.