Posted Thursday, February 21, 2008, 5:17 AM by Lonely Planet
Year of Rat? That it may be, but 2008 is looking more like the year that contemporary Chinese art hits the global headlines. So we all know about the massive architecture-as-ego projects that are underway for the Beijing Olympics, but how many of us can name a single contemporary Chinese artist? No hands?
Well with major exhibitions planned at the Guggenheim New York (the first ever show devoted to a Chinese artist) and a new Saatchi Gallery in the offing in London all that is about to be put right. Check out Wang Guangyi’s cool political pop art or the eerie portraiture of Zhang Xiaogang.
By August you should have plenty of opinions to bandy around when you hit the Olympics, especially as you tour the 798 Quarter, Beijing’s new backdrop for cutting edge contemporary art.
Any hot tips on Beijing’s budding art scene or 798, why not post them here?
-Paula Hardy, a fan of Yue Minjun