LEAP 4

The fourth issue of LEAP takes on the timely question of what it means to be a Chinese “art youth,” as our cover package includes everything from a sociological study of the newest artistic generation to incisive journalistic reports on the scene’s young movers and shakers. Elsewhere in the feature well we explore the near forgotten Bulgarian-cum-Beijinger soft-sculptor Maryn Varbanov, examine Shanghai artist Xu Zhen’s reincarnation as MadeIn one year on, and hear from Leng Lin on five years of the Polit-Sheer-Form Office collective. A frame-by-frame presentation of Sun Xun’s latest animation 21G and a fashion photography project by Liu Yiqing round out our middle section. Up top we present the set of illustrations Zhang Xiaogang made for a Sichuan publishing house’s release of the The Little Prince back in 1988, look at a particularly colorful Kindergarten in the Shanghai suburbs, and visit with CAFA Dean of Humanities Yu Ding. The bottom section contains reviews of fourteen recent exhibitions including Lü Peng’s controversial play to “reshape history” and Cai Guo-Qiang’s attempt to pinpoint the Peasant da Vincis.