A Cultural Revolution

A portfolio of significant works from China's contemporary-art boom
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HERE? OR THERE? No. 1, 2003,
Digital photograph edition of 10, 45 x 55 in

Lin Tianmiao (born 1961), like Ai Weiwei, lived in New York for many years. After she returned to Beijing in 1995, she and her husband, the video artist Wang Gongxin, exhibited mixed-media installations in their home at a time when the public display of such work was not sanctioned. Over the next decade, she refined her technique with her signature material—laboriously worked natural and man-made threads—reaching a high point with the series of phantasmagorical costumes she created for the video and mixed-media installation Here? Or There?, co-produced with Wang and featuring otherworldly figures moving through diverse landscapes.
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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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