Contemporary Chinese art is sizzling.
Christie’s auction house, which opened a branch in Beijing 10 years ago to scout for new work in the country’s burgeoning art scene, conducted its first auction there in November, looking to capitalize on the appetite for art among China’s newly rich. Next month, Sotheby’s will stage its first New York auction of contemporary Chinese art. The Venice Biennale hosted the first official Chinese art pavilion last year. And the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York just became the first major international modern art museum to appoint a curator of Asian art. Now shows are being mounted at several New England museums.
See also a slideshow of contemporary Chinese art.