A Cultural Revolution

A portfolio of significant works from China's contemporary-art boom
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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.
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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.

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