Text by Zhao Yue
The brainchild of renowned exhibition curatorZhang Qing, “Spin: The First Decadeof a New Century” was on display fromSeptember 1 to 28, 2012, on the secondfloor of Today Art Museum’s Building One. The Institutefor the Advancement of 21st Century Art joinedToday Art Museum in sponsoring the event which displayeda decade of work from six young artists: ChenKe, Jia Aili, Ouyang Chun, Qiu Xiaofei, Wang Guangleand Wei Jia.
During the first decade of the 21st Century, contemporaryChinese art matured rapidly largely throughthe work of artists born in the 1970s entering theirpeak years of creativity. When planning this exhibition,Zhang Qing chose six artists whom he expectedwould illustrate the development of contemporaryChinese art over the decade through their personal artisticexperience and work.
“Like the radical changes that took place in the 1970s in China, artists born in that period are also diverseand varied in many ways,” remarks Zhang Qing.“The six artists of this exhibition express their feelingsabout this world through their work. These artists areat a unique time of cultural convergence, spinning ontheir own axes at a point where the age of consumptionfiercely collides with ideology. Their works, nowdisplayed together, vividly reveal the relationship betweenChina’s artistic progress over the past 10 yearsand artists’ respective personal achievements.”......