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Articles by Andrew Solomon: Visual Art

Sep 1998

Art in China: Censorship, Secrecy, and the Struggle to be Heard

In a society in which art is repressed, it gains in urgency what it loses in visibility.

Aug 1998

As Asia Regroups, Art Has a New Urgency

In the first North Asian Biennial, work from China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan raises issues of national identity and tradition.

May 1998

China: 5,000 Years

It isn't easy to mount a terrible show in which each piece of art is absolutely fantastic.

Feb 1998

Bill Viola’s Video Arcade

Viola uses technology to blur the distinctions between the visible and the invisible, the abstract and the concrete...

Feb 1997

Dot Dot Dot

A profile of the artist Yayoi Kusama.

Aug 1996

On Each Palette, a Choice of Political Colors

On Taiwan, style is ideology. Traditional suggests unification with Beijing; conceptual, independence; oils, the ruling centrists.

Mar 1996

“Don’t Mess With Our Cultural Patrimony!”

A tale of politically loaded Chinese treasures, angry young Taiwanese, nervous corporate sponsors, and a sudden punch in the face.

Nov 1995

Günther Förg

Günther Förg's photos of Moscow are very, very beautiful. This comes as no surprise vis-a-vis Förg, but is really quite astonishing vis-a-vis Moscow.

Oct 1995

Produced in the Soviet Dark, Collected by a Secret Admirer

An entire epoch in Russia's cultural history now has its major repository in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Jun 1995

Works From the Underground, Freed by Glasnost

Lost Russian artists, ruined work, missing materials, all put right at a huge show in Munich.