“Art and China After 1989” at the Guggenheim: Defining Chinese Art for a Western Audience

The palatial white swirl of the Guggenheim is perfect for exhibiting contemporary Chinese art, as the museum’s winding levels mimic the themes built upon, revisited again and again, in the pieces hanging there. Whether all that building amounts to anything, or if the spiral is simply a visualization of a national art tracking back over itself and saying little, is up to the viewer. Beauty … Continue reading “Art and China After 1989” at the Guggenheim: Defining Chinese Art for a Western Audience

The Taiwan Strait: Voices From Across the Divide

  YIZHU HU explores the internal divides wrought by the separation of China and Taiwan. In Taiwan, a deliberate word choice in referring to China reveals one’s position on cross-strait issues.  While “the mainland” hints at the notion that mainland China and Taiwan are both regions of China, an outright “China” implies a belief that China and Taiwan are separate countries. However, as someone born and … Continue reading The Taiwan Strait: Voices From Across the Divide