Whilst the cognoscenti has always valued Chinese art, the same cannot be said for all aspects of the Western art establishment. But with the increasing prominence and power of the Chinese economy, and a more liberal political attitude to Chinese intellectual life, the country’s art is once again beginning to assert itself. As a result the salons of Europe and America have, in recent times, become noticeably less snobbish about things Chinese.
In this context the Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York is showing an interesting collection of landscape works by the artist Yao Lu. Look closely and you will see these apparently beautiful landscapes, executed in a familiar Chinese style, are in fact collages of landfill sites! Read more