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[exhibition review]

CHINA

Post-Material

Interpretations of the Everyday in China

Nicky Combs


HU XIANGDONG, Dream Plant, 1998, resin, dimensions variable.

The exhibition 'Post-Material: Interpretations of Everyday Life by Contemporary Chinese Artists' at Red Gate Gallery in Beijing in late 2000 attracted a steady stream of visitors. Curated by Huang Du, an independent curator and art critic, the show presented video, installation, photography, sculpture and computer artworks by twenty-one artists. 'Why "Post-Material" ?', asked Huang in the catalogue essay:

Because we live in the age of 'Post-Material'. [Which] by definition implies an
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