Chinese Artist Cao Fei’s BMW Art Car

For the first time ever, a digital version of the renowned auto accompanies the physical model

by Alessandro De Toni When it comes to the incredible speed of development in China, the other side of the coin is corruption, pollution, social disparity, wild urbanization and more—themes not only tackled by daily news, but explored by Cao Fei and many other Chinese contemporary artists. Cao Fei, a young internationally acclaimed Beijing-based artist, is certainly a standout name when it comes to portraying …

Kong Lingxin’s “Unit Time” in Beijing

Exploring the concept of time with artworks that take months to complete

by Alessandro de Toni In the Chinese art community, Kong Lingxin‘s work has been widely praised for its simplicity and elegance—characteristics rarely seen among the younger generations of artists in China. Kong’s first solo show, “Unit Time” (Shijian Danwei) at ArtDepot in Beijing’s 798 art district, is a mesmerizing series of black and white works drawn in pencil. Architectural but tender, her works explore the …

Studio Visit: Artist Xu Zhen

A Warhol-like factory of paintings and sculpture, an hour outside of central Shanghai

by Alessandro de Toni An hour drive out of Shanghai—far from the urban glitter and the lavish skyscrapers, into a land where Chinese cities tend to look all the same—lies MadeIn Company. Amid storage spaces and small factories, it’s a warehouse like many others surrounding it, and yet this is a place that has shaken up the Chinese contemporary art scene. We have arrived at …