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The open­ing ex­hi­bi­tion for 2018 Art Nova 100—a com­pe­ti­tion for young artists—was held re­cently in the Guardian Art Cen­tre, Bei­jing. The theme of the eighth an­nual Art Nova 100 this year was “Yes or No,” in an­tic­i­pa­tion of young artists us­ing new lan­guages to ex­plore and ex­press art it­self.

Com­pared with pre­vi­ous years, 2008’s ex­hi­bi­tion is more di­verse, aca­demic and richer in both form and con­tent, with more pos­si­bil­i­ties added out­side of the art.

In­side the Guardian Art Cen­tre’s main venue, a panel of 12 art ex­perts—feng Boyi, Gao Yuan­shuo, Kou Qin, Liu Chun­feng, Lu Zhengyuan, Ni­cholas Tsoutas, Peng Wei, Shu Kewen, Xiang Jing, Xu Lei, Zhang Zhenglin and Zhao Li—was in­vited to judge the ex­hi­bi­tion. Adopt­ing the prin­ci­ples of open­ness, fair­ness and im­par­tial­ity, nearly 3,000 young artists from around the world were whit­tled down to just over 100.

Over 500 new works by the 104 se­lected young artists tak­ing part in this year’s Art Nova 100 as well as over 30 artists in co­op­er­a­tion with Ming­tai Cul­ture, an on­line con­tem­po­rary art data­base, are on show. Pieces in­clude oil paint­ings, wood­block prints, sculp­ture, pho­tog­ra­phy and in­stal­la­tions, fully show­cas­ing the cur­rent global con­tem­po­rary art sit­u­a­tion.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is pre­sented in the form of a “maze” to echo the theme of “Yes or No.” This maze pro­vides visi­tors with the op­por­tu­nity to think and choose, and to con­sider both the authors and them­selves whilst ap­pre­ci­at­ing the art­works. The maze not only pro­vides visi­tors with a new and in­ter­est­ing view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, but forces them into ask­ing and an­swer­ing “yes or no.” In this way, the au­di­ence was able to be­come “lost” and “im­mersed” in the works of the young artists.

In ad­di­tion, 77 cul­tural and creative in­dus­trial parks near the Guardian Art Cen­tre and the for­mer Sino-french Univer­sity worked to­gether with 2018 Art Nova 100, hold­ing themed par­ties, events and ex­hi­bi­tions.

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