Artsy & NOWNESS Present: Xu Zhen | Coming March 6

Artsy Editorial
Feb 27, 2014 3:20PM

On the occasion of The Armory Show 2014, Artsy and NOWNESS collaborate to bring you an intimate portrait of artist Xu Zhen (pronounced shoo jen), whose enigmatic and provocative practice has made him one of China’s most influential contemporary artists. As well as an artist, Xu has taken on the role of curator, web architect, and leader—influencing a generation of Chinese artists born post-1975, dubbed the “ON|OFF generation,” many of whom have become collaborators in his 2009-born MadeIn Company, a collective dedicated to “contemporary cultural creation.”

Named this year’s Armory Artist—an annual artist commission program launched by The Armory Show in 2002—and the focus of a major survey at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, Xu gave Artsy & NOWNESS a rare tour of his new Shanghai studio. Get a sneak peek of the film (at right); and check back for the full film next week—to be released simultaneously on NOWNESS and Artsy on Thursday, March 6th, coinciding with the public opening of The Armory Show art fair in New York. Stay tuned! 

Buy a limited edition by Xu Zhen for The Armory Show, supporting the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Learn more here.

Preview The Armory Show 2014.

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