37 | Exhibit Revisit - No U-Turn

37 | Exhibit Revisit - No U-Turn

Another installment of “Exhibit Revisit” is here! This time I’m looking back to the 1989 China Avant-Garde exhibit in Beijing that turned the tide of contemporary art. The artists involved used the “No U-Turn” sign to symbolize their moving forward and refusal to turn back. We’ll examine why it was so controversial and which artists caused the most trouble with the censorship committee.

In this series, I’ll examine an exhibit that’s had a lasting impression on art history. Maybe it galvanized a movement or maybe it was too radical for its time. Whatever the outcome – the decisions made, the artists included or excluded – brought us to where we are today.



Cultural Revolution era Posters


1989 China Avant-Garde Exhibit (No U-Turn)

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Post 89 Exhibit

The Cynical Realism style starts to overpower a sense of optimism



38 | This Art Will Make You Sick

38 | This Art Will Make You Sick

36 | Half the Picture with Carmen Hermo

36 | Half the Picture with Carmen Hermo