The first-prize winner in a show of 300 artworks by promising young artists is the portrait of a young red-haired girl wearing pigtails and a defiant, resentful expression. “Bad Girl” is not pretty or sentimental, she’s real.
The oil painting by Wang Ling was the first to win the gold medal in years at the biennial Shanghai Youth Art Exhibition. At the last show, the jury did not consider any work worthy of the top prize.
“Technique aside, the painting mirrors the distinctive characteristics of today’s youth — timid yet energetic,” says Zhang Jian, director of Liu Haisu Art Museum. “This work represents the spiritual condition of Chinese young people.”
The event is organized by the Liu Haisu Art Museum and the Mingyuan Art Center.
The exhibition features around 300 artworks, chosen from among 1,808 submissions. They include all genre and media, from oil and photo to installation and sculpture.
The exhibition is supposed to be a platform where many unknown yet promising artists can gain exposure.
This year the scope was broadened to include many photos and installation art.
“This is the inevitable future trend in art creation,” Zhang says. “Young people are not constrained to use traditional media but are curious to explore the possibilities of various media to reflect their ideas.”
Date: Through December 14, 9am-5pm
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