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China Focus at Armoury Art Show NY

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China starts to flex its cultural soft power and demonstrate that it is central to any global art dialogue. The Armory Art Fair in New York devoted its cultural section to China. The curator was Philip Tinari from Ullens Center of Contemporary Art in Beijing.

Don’t expect images of western icons or political art any longer, even if Wang Luyan’s Global Watch was at display. Tinari makes the case that Chinese contemporary art is like any other corner of the art world, with its abstract painters, performance artists and installations friends.

China ultimately aims to show that China is not just a site for great new art, but a place where current art world models are being made and remade, and where serious collectors is happening at an even larger scale.

Daniel Brostrom