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A work from Wang Guangyi’s "Polar Series" in "’85 New Wave" at UCCA
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BEIJING CONTEMPORARY
by Lee Ambrozy



In early November 2007, the new Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) debuted in Beijing’s famous 798 arts district with an impressive survey exhibition titled "’85 New Wave: The Birth of Chinese Contemporary Art," a show that examines the moment "when China began reinventing its own culture." The show features works by more that 30 Chinese artists, from Chen Zhen and Huang Yongping to Xu Bing and Zhang Xiaogang. The vernissage for "’85 New Wave" was a roll call of art-world impresarios, international curators and art critics, not to mention former French prime minister Dominic de Villepin. An impressive accomplishment, in any country.

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