Contemporary art in China finds itself in a complex position. It enjoys both a global following and a domestic support base, yet finds itself outside the social mainstream. Its visual language is increasingly cosmopolitan, to the point where some critics have begun to ask what makes it specifically Chinese. It is embraced by certain official institutions and academies, yet still constrained by the pressures and sensitivities of both the political system and the market.
What are the urgent questions facing artists in China today?
How do they relate to earlier generations of artists there and to the international art world?
What might the future hold?