In a Perfect World . . .
Noted conceptual artist and printmaker Xu Bing once commented that the generation of Chinese artists immediately following his own generation—those now roughly 35 to 45 years in age—had lost their promise because the market bubble in which they had come of age had compromised their principles. Xu went on to say that the younger generation, aged approximately 25 to 35, has been capably producing some excellent art, partially…