Date of Submission

Spring 2021

Academic Program

Art History

Project Advisor 1

Patricia Karetzky

Abstract/Artist's Statement

During the major social-economic transformation, many contemporary Chinese artists, such as Ai Weiwei, Cai Guoqiang, Gu Wenda, and Xu Bing, cautiously articulate the concept of a utopian socialist society in their specific visions. Some may take a more provocative position; while others sometimes create harmony as an approach to the concept. It is likely that the artistic intentions of these artists who experienced the 1989 Tiananmen incident create art with political ambitions. However, in the new decade of the 1990s, China’s economic reforms have already led to the formation of globalization. Artists who were born in the 90s live in a society that is led by economic reforms, in other words, a changed society that is composed of new social formations. Rather these young artists concern more about ideals of individual liberation and freedom which contrast with artists born in the middle of the twentieth century as individuals versus the state.

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