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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