Installation view of HUANG YONG PING’s Theater of the World, 1993, wood and metal structure with warming lamps, electric cable, insects, and reptiles, 2017, presented devoid of living animals, 150 × 170 × 265 cm; and The Bridge, 1995, painted steel structure with wire mesh, wood, warming lamps, electric cable, found faux-bronze figurines (platinized and painted), snakes, and turtles, 2017, presented devoid of figurines and living animals, 320 × 1,200 × 180 cm, at “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World,” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2017–18. Courtesy the artist.

Tangled Trajectories

The year 2019 was one of revolutions, with a growing number of conflicts that cannot be easily resolved. Violence is escalating and ongoing, from the Yellow Vests protests in France to those on the streets of Hong Kong. The global economy is slowing and international communication has stalled over the last few years. If things do not move forward, surely they will regress. 

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