ART COLLEGE 1994 – Review by Diane Carson

Art College 1994 has an appeal all its own with its recognizable, engaging discussions of philosophical topics and iconic artists. Inspired by director/co-writer Liu Jian’s own 1990s academic experience, the title accurately identifies the time and place: Art College 1994. Throughout the film, young Chinese students talk about the nature of conceptual art, western versus eastern perspective in painting, western liberalism versus Chinese culture, individuality or commonality, creative freedom, and who decides what art is. All around the school, the casual interaction relies on questions to familiar issues

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