Li Ming, Rendering the Mind, 2017, video still
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LEAP 30

TRANSLATION / Xia Sheng Art historian Hal Foster’s extended review of German artist Isa Genzken’s MoMA exhibition in the February 2014 issue of Artforum begins with the statement that Genzken’s career has been wrongly contextualized by her relationships with more famous male artists. While this is probably true, Foster proceeds to draw an almost entirely…

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TEXT / Shi Qing(1) TRANSLATION / Katy Pinke EDUCATION IS AN ancient profession. In China, the arts academy has a long history, dating back centuries. Since the dawn of the modern era, it has been the …

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TEXT / Song Yi TRANSLATION / Sarah Stanton The art academy we propose here is not a place where everyone studies at the same fixed stage of life; rather, it is a process of self-directed maturation governed by a plethora of unknown factors, full of accidents, misunderstandings, accommodations, and any number of other unexpected mishaps….

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TRANSLATION / Daniel Nieh The voices of actual students describing their experiences are generally missing from discussions of art school education. The following short story, by the young artist YK, …

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TRANSLATION / David East A FEW MONTHS AGO , when I started planning an exhibition of work by graduates of Chinese art academies with fellow curator Luan Zhichao, we agreed to work by observing first and choosing a theme only later. After reviewing the graduate exhibitions of the major academies, we focused our curatorial work…

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TRANSLATION / Xi Winkler THE LABEL OF “experimental” art has developed new meanings in China since its formulation in the 1990s. In an academic context, the term means something very specific, more qu…

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WHAT MIGHT A theory of history look like at this moment? How might art make forms that at least suggest a way forward? These are pressing questions now that we know this era is the Anthropocene, that …

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MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK 2014.11.09~2015.02.22  “If something is not yet known, then only what it is not can be understood,” wrote the artist Elaine Sturtevant—who preferred just Sturtevant professionally—in a 1971 letter. One of the most extraordinary and undervalued minds on the international art scene, the Ohio-born artist passed away earlier this spring,…

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PLATFORM CHINA CONTEMPORARY ART INSTITUTE, BEIJING 2014.10.25~2014.11.02 Seven medium-sized photographs, four videos, a few paragraphs of text: Zhuang Hui’s solo exhibition appears as a re- strained a…

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TO GET TO Guccivuitton, an artist-run commercial gallery whose programming blends contemporary art and south Florida vernacular, you head north-northeast about 16 kilometers from the Miami of the imagination to Little Haiti. Here are churches, roti shops, and botánicas selling everything an immigrant might need—from SIM cards to sacrificial chickens. That is, if you can…

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  SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NEW YORK 2014.10.31~2015.02.16 How much meaning can be read into the presentation of a single solo exhibition? Much has been made of the fact that Wang Jianwei’s exhibition at the Guggenheim is the first such major museum solo for a Chinese artist; while the viability of this claim depends entirely…

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BEIJING COMMUNE 2014.09.30 – 2014.11.15 Song Ta’s exhibition at Beijing Commune is unusual in that the work he includes does not make use of a common visual language, nor does it have a clear co…

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