LEAP 7

Published on the brink of the Chinese New Year, LEAP 7 looks back on 2010 with nine essays by core contributors touching on fields from the market to the academy. The issue also includes an extensive profile on Taiwanese artist Chen Chieh-Jen, a photographic project by Shenzhen-based Bai Xiaoci looking at the aesthetics of government construction, and a never-before-published conversation between painter Yu Youhan and ubercurator Hans Ulrich Obrist on Yu’s extended journey from abstraction into pop and beyond. A special remembrance of the art writer Wawa by artist Cao Fei and a collaboration with Chanel on the brand’s recent “Culture Chanel” exhibition round out the middle section. Reviews look at shows including the recent edition of Lianzhou Foto and the Boston MFA’s long-awaited “Fresh Ink.” Up top you’ll find pieces on artists Liang Yuanwei, Zhu Fadong, Ling Jian, and Wang Peng, as well as a meditation on contemporary Shanghai by former Artforum editor-in-chief Tim Griffin.