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Shi Yong, Under the Rule-L, 2017, iron, stainless steel, poly-putty, epoxy primer, spray paint, silk-screen ink, 52 3/8 × 48 1/4 × 6 5/8".

Shi Yong

ShanghART Gallery | 香格纳画廊

Shi Yong, Under the Rule-L, 2017, iron, stainless steel, poly-putty, epoxy primer, spray paint, silk-screen ink, 52 3/8 × 48 1/4 × 6 5/8".

Shi Yong’s solo exhibition “Under the Rule” continued a trend of cool-handed minimalism that seems to be de rigueur for Generation X artists working in China. A role model for millennials, Shi, who graduated art school in 1984, was among the first Chinese artists to critically approach issues about contemporary cultural identity, consumption, economics, and globalization. An early example of Shi’s apprehension or skepticism about the art system is Sorry, There Will Be No Documenta in 2007 (2006), a proposal for billboards to be placed throughout the city of Kassel, announcing a hiatus in the schedules of artists, curators, collectors, and gallerists—essentially giving art and the art world a rest.

Over the years, Shi’s output has been multidimensional, encompassing videos, photographs, performances, and installations. He has made language-based works such as the bright-red

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