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The Hot Chinese Art Market and Millennial Collectors: A Problem for Xi?

Xi's Millennial Problem


Decades into China's economic boom, the country's young artists are suddenly reckoning with a government that's switched gears.

 

At Sotheby's Hong Kong April sale, 40 percent of the buyers were under the age of 40. In New York, only 15 percent are under 40.

 

An infrastructure that no previous generation of Chinese artists had access to.

 

The best expert on the Chinese art scene, Barbara Pollack, breaks it all down.

 

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The Opposite of a Red Guard

China's youth changes from generation to generation. For the millennials, gone is the navy blue Mao Suit.

Han Han, the Literary Superstar of China’s Millennial Generation, is something new on the scene.

For one thing, he races cars. For another thing, he is a rock performer as well as a film producer. No one in China’s two thousand plus years of literary production has ever seen the likes of him.

The younger generation of Chinese is not idealistic as was the generation that protested at Tienanmen. Changing the system is not on their minds. Neither is idealism.

Han Han and his generation are not Red Guards.

They do not wear uniforms and march into schools armed with little red books, quotations of Chairman Mao, and poke fun at their elders, or worse, humiliate them publicly by parading them through the streets in dunce caps. They do not beat them.
They go around to get along.

They are the social media generation. They are too cool for school and they do things differently than their elders.

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