Avatars and Antiheroes

“Hence, Avatars and Antiheroes reflects the schizophrenic undercurrents of a nation in continuous fast-forward. From the Cynical Realism and Political Pop movements associated with the post-Tiananmen generation of artists such as Yue Minjun whose grinning representations of himself as antihero seem to mock the revolutionary heroes of old, to the pop-culture generation spearheaded by Cao Fei whose digital avatars live in a world without borders, this book showcases the works of the most important contemporary artists to emerge in China in recent years, artists whose work gives shape to contemporary Chinese identity.” (Albertini, 8 )

The VRC has cataloged 29 images from Avatars and Antiheroes: A Guide to Contemporary Chinese Artists. In recognition of SCAD’s new campus in Hong Kong we have begun to add more images pertaining to China’s culture and arts. These images are available in the Digital Image Database, accessible for the SCAD community with your MySCAD Log-in.

Image clockwise from top-left:

Ke, Chen. (2006). Swordswoman in Night. Oil on canvas. 51 x 39 inches.

Sen, He. (2004). The Gazing of Luo Yi. Oil on canvas. 79 x 59 inches.

Jinsong, Shi. (2007). Na Zha’s Baby Stroller. Steel. 39 x 39 x 27 1/2 inches.

Tianmiao, Lin. (2001). Focus. Installation, digital photograph, thread, hair. 83 1/2 x 64 inches.

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