On the occasion of The Armory Show 2014, Artsy and NOWNESS take you into the Shanghai studio of artist Xu Zhen
(pronounced shoo jen
). 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’s enigmatic and provocative practice has made him one of China’s most influential contemporary artists. Through the lens of filmmaker Anthony Chen, the film is replete with plush toys, S&M inspired sculptures, and lush paintings, capturing the artist’s wildly expansive practice.