CAO FEI

“Forget Art” (Dragon Fountain Bathhouse,Beijing)

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A show where no works were labeled and most blended right  into the context of its non-art site,this exhibition,curated by Ma Yongfeng, is only one example of a younger circle operating apart from previous models of contemporary Chinese art.Though mixing art and the everyday is nothing new in Europe and America,it’s an interesting orientation for us during this post-hype chill, given China’s recent market bubble and its preference for work in which Chinese symbols are tactically applied to critique abroad social themes-and it is perhaps exactly what’s needed for strategizing future battles. As the name of Ma’s scene suggests(and I’m not the first to note),maybe the best strategy in China right now “for getting” art is just to “forget” it.

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December 2010, ARTFORUM

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English Link  http://www.artforum.com/inprint/id=26861

Chinese Link  http://artforum.com.cn/inprint/201010/3215

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about The Artists’ Artists

to take stock of the past year, ARTFORUM contacted an international group of artists to find out which exhibitions and events were, in their eyes, the very best of 2010.