Karen Smith has been writing about China’s contemporary art scene since the early 1990s. She has lived in China for twenty years during which time she has contributed to numerous international and domestic publications and a wide range of exhibition catalogues, both for individual artists and group exhibitions.
Her personal books include several monographs on China’s leading artists, and the historical compendium Nine Lives: The Birth of Avant-Garde Art in New China, which examines the careers of nine founding fathers of China’s new art movement which began in 1985.
In her capacity as curator, Karen Smith regularly works with China's contemporary artists to produce exhibitions in China and abroad.
With the explosive growth in the art world in China, the volume of exhibitions has expanded from a handful to thousands. Each year China’s galleries, private and public museums, and art centres together exhibit hundreds of thousands of individual artworks. But how many of them are any good? How many should find their way into a collection, into a museum; into history?
As Seen puts on record a select handful of outstanding artistic achievements: the notable artworks worth remembering.
China’s contemporary art scene has been described by The Economist as ‘a cultural landscape with so few signposts’. A neat and compact guide, As Seen provides an antidote with a collection of signposts that add up to a timely, straight-to-the-point look at forty of remarkable pieces of art.
7 AS SEEN 2011 | Foreword
11 JIN SHAN | One Man's Island
15 DUAN JIANYU | The Seduction of Village
23 LIANG YUANWEI | Picture of Early Spring
29 CHEN CHIEH-JEN | Empire's Borders
35 LIU WEI | "Liu Wei"
41 PAN HONGGANG & HU YOUCHEN | Them or Us?
47 ZHOU YILUN | Ah!
53 HUANG KUI | My Projection is Focusing
57 LIU CHUANG | Untitled (The Festival)
61 MA QIUSHA | Twilight... / All My Sharpness...
67 WANG JIANWEI | Making do with Fakes
73 HE XIANGYU | Man on the Chairs
77 SHI QING | Plant Republic
83 ZHANG ENLI | Wires
89 MADEIN COMPANY | Physique and Action of Consciousness
95 SUN YANCHU | Obsessed
101 ZHAO YAO | I am Your Night
107 ZHANG PEILI | Certain Pleasures
113 HE AN | I Am Curious Yellow, I Am Curious Blue
119 ZHAO GANG | A Sick Man
125 ZHUANG HUI & DAN'ER | Chinese Silk
131 WANG WEI | Propaganda Pavilion
137 ANIWAR MAMAT | Wind without Rain
143 LIU WEI | Merely a Mistake
149 MUSEUM OF UNKNOWN | Pattern
155 SUN XUN TANG MAOHONG ZHANG DING | Huge Character
159 GAO LEI | The Principle
163 ZHAO ZHAO | According to Zhao Zhao
169 LU YANG | The Anatomy of Rage
175 XIAO YU | Go
179 WU SHANZHUAN INGA SVALA THORSDOTTIR | Kuo Xuan
185 ZHANG DALI | World's Shadows
191 WANG XINGWEI | "Wang Xingwei"
197 SONG DONG | Waiting¡
201 GAO WEIGANG | Everything isn't Gonna be Alright
207 YU JI | I Stand Alone
211 SONG YUANYUAN | Examining Object
217 ZHAN WANG | My Personal Universe
221 DING YI | Specific ¡¤ Abstracted
227 LIN TIANMIAO | The Same