Xu Zhen and Miao Ying at Art Basel
To appreciate young artists in China today, one needs to consider the innovative work of Xu Zhen and his major contribution to China`s placement in the global art world. Born in 1977 in Shanghai, Xu Zhen is a leading figure among the young generation of Chinese artists. An irreverent artist with a voracious appetite for global information and a unique ability to produce work across multiple platforms and media. He has become the key figure of the Shanghai art scene and a foundational figure for the generations of Chinese artists born since 1980.
In 2009 he founded the “contemporary art creation company” MadeIn Company which reflected lingering concerns of an artist participating in the international art world while remaining deeply skeptical of it and its conventions, most immediately the label “Chinese contemporary art.” Xu Zhen’s artworks probe the various mediations that corrupt the viewer’s experience of an artwork, particularly in observing a culture that is not one’s own. Watch the following video to see the power of visual artists.
Xu Zhen presented Casino Night at Art Basel’s Unlimited. Six classic table games—roulette and baccarat, to be specific—fill the booth. But instead of
According to gallery director Uli Zhiheng Huang, Nirvana channels Buddhism’s embrace of creation and destruction into a “purist versus capitalist” context that gels with Xu’s longstanding concerns. The entire installation was available for $350,000.
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Miao Ying was represented at Art Basel by the MadeIn Gallery, her work reflecting the philosophy of the founder Xu Zhen. She was born in Shanghai and lives in New York and Shanghai. Her work highlights the attempts to discuss mainstream technology and contemporary consciousness and its impact on our daily lives, along with the new modes of politics, aesthetics