A Cultural Revolution

A portfolio of significant works from China's contemporary-art boom
Photo
NO SNOW ON THE BROKEN BRIDGE, 2006,
Eight-channel video installation
Yang Fudong (born 1971) is a leading light of the Shanghai art scene, noted as both a filmmaker and a photographer. His photographs depict a youthful elite adrift in a contemporary urban environment, while his films more often portray a mythic historical time reminiscent of early-20th-century Shanghai. The films hint at plot development but offer no coherent narrative, and the combination conjures a dreamlike world. Yang’s masterful use of color, lighting, and composition owes a debt to his education as a painter at the China Academy of Fine Arts, in Hangzhou.
Presented by

Britta Erickson is an independent scholar and curator who focuses on contemporary Chinese art. She has taught at Stanford University and has curated major exhibitions at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, in Washington, D.C., and at Stanford's Cantor Arts Center.

Why Principals Matter

Nadia Lopez didn't think anybody cared about her middle school. Then Humans of New York told her story to the Internet—and everything changed.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

A History of Contraception

In the 16th century, men used linen condoms laced shut with ribbons.

Video

'A Music That Has No End'

In Spain, a flamenco guitarist hustles to make a modest living.

Video

What Fifty Shades Left Out

A straightforward guide to BDSM
More back issues, Sept 1995 to present.

Just In