2018’S ART NOVA 100 COMPETITION OPENS
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.