(Excerpt from 'Bringing a Woman's Touch to Chinese Art Scene' posted by JOYCE HOR-CHUNG LAU on The New York Times website, Jan 2011. Found on http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/21/arts/21iht-women21.html)
Chinese art world looking for a change and revival of feminine art.
Men dominated the Chinese contemporary art boom that began in the late 1980s and early ’90s. While some women eked out artistic careers, none became the so-called blue chips who broke auction records and became quasi-celebrities. Even the era’s imagery — the military symbolism, Mao figures and giant leering faces — was macho.
Two decades later, as new studies look back on that early underground scene, many are asking when China will be ready to produce a truly iconic female artist.
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(Image: Xiao Lu; Courtesy The New York Times)