Richard Meyer breaks down the just concluded China Contemporary Art Forum 2010, a four-day conference that brought a selection of European and American scholars and arts writers into exchange with Chinese scholars. The conference was organized by Qigu Jiang and James Elkins, both of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Lao Zhu of the Centre for Visual Studies, Peking University. Most who attended agreed that this was one of the more interesting and at times baffling conferences we'd experienced.
Richard Meyer writes for Artforum, is a professor of art history at USC, and is working on a book about the history of that part of art production we now call "contemporary art" tentatively titled What Was Contemporary Art?
Cameo by Eleanor Hyun, Phd candidate at the University of Chicago. And yes, Richard broke his ankle in Beijing, the morning of the day he presented, and went ahead while in pain. What a trooper!