“In her spellbinding 1993 documentary Inner Visions, Lydia Chen interviewed three struggling, idealistic young Chinese artists. Twenty-five years later, the same profilees are back in Chen’s latest film, Art in Smog, to discuss their careers again – this time as mature artists who worked hard to find their places in China’s now prosperous arts scene. Chen’s long-term relationship with them is unique, and makes for two very special documentaries which anyone who cares about the evolution of Chinese art over the past quarter century should watch.” (read full review)
Richard Kraus, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Oregon

“…I think of Auguste Rodin’s 1882 Falling Man, the plunging figure barely hanging on the ledge of The Gates of Hell just below The Thinker. Rodin created his tumbling figures to evoke sympathy for the human condition….” (read full review)
Shelley Drake Hawks, art historian

“It has given me much food for thought as both an artist and as an observer of the world around us.”
Bettina Burch, artist

“Art in Smog was deeply insightful not only because it serves as a reflection of China’s artistic practices and their evolvement in the past 20 years, but also because it exposes us to discussions about the status quo of Chinese society and how we can anticipate its future development.”
Lauren Yang, Brown China Summit co-president

“The film is wonderfulreal and moving. I feel that I’m talking to some old friends….Congratulations! It should be seen by anyone who is interested in the contemporary Chinese art world.”
Wu Hung, Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History, University of Chicago

“The cinematography is terrific. The featured Chinese artists are first-rate. In a word, I was blown over by the production as a whole.”
Paul A. Cohen, Professor Emeritus of History, Wellesley College

“A note to say BRAVO. I just finished watching the film, and what a lovely, thoughtful job you’ve done. You give each artist her/his full humanity. The gender conversation is so subtle, and yet so well rendered/considered, and the art? It tells a complicated and beautiful and also sad story about Beijing and the world and all of us. ”
Rachel DeWoskin, author of Foreign Babes in Beijing: Behind the Scenes of a New China

“Students will take interest in the human struggles of the artists in this film. It will open the door to learning about China.”
Ralph Gabbard, Asian studies librarian, Arizona State University

“The international perspective of this film will bring depth and inclusivity to art-focused collections. The artists’ stories and insight into their own careers could also be of biographical value. “
Educational Media Reviews Online (Jeanette Aprile, University at Buffalo)

 “…an illuminating snapshot of a developing cultural scene.”
Video Librarian (C. Cassady)

“[The film] brings you behind the auction headlines and gallery glitz to a virtual face to face with the subjects in their homes and studios. Their personal stories and relationships as well as their artistic evolutions and challenges in the context of a Chinese society hurtling through myriad changes offer something for all interested in China and/or its culture.”
Ruth A. Kurzbauer, former U.S. diplomat in China

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