Presented by MFA Fine Arts

Barbara Pollack

Jan 21, 2020, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A photograph of Barbara Pollack

MFA Fine Arts presents Barbara Pollack, SVA faculty member and the author of Brand New Art from China: A Generation on the Rise published in 2018 by I.B. Tauris. Her first book was The Wild, Wild East: An American Art Critic’s Adventures in China, published in May 2010 by Timezone 8 Books. She is a leading authority on Chinese contemporary art and has been a featured speaker at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of New Champions in China, also known as Summer Davos.


Since 1994, Pollack has written extensively on contemporary Chinese art for such publications as ARTnewsArt & AuctionThe Village VoiceVanity Fair,  The New York Times,  The Washington Post,  Art in AmericaModern Painters and Departures. In addition to articles, Pollack has contributed monographs for artists Li Songsong, Lin Tianmiao, Wang Gongxin, Chi Peng, Liu Ye, Zhao Zhao, Sun Xun, Tu Hongtao and Zhang O. Several of her essays were included in the China Art Book, published by Dumont Literatur in 2007. Pollack has also curated several shows of Chinese contemporary art including “Tu Hongtao: A Timely Journey,” which opened at the Long Museum West Bund in November 2018; “My Generation: Young Chinese Artists” at the Tampa Museum of Art and Museum Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, in 2014; “WeChat: A Dialogue of Chinese Contemporary Art” at the Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan University and Asia Society Texas in 2016; “Sun Xun: Prediction Laboratory” at Yuz Museum in 2016; and “Lu Yang: Delusional Mandella” at MOCA Cleveland in 2017.


Based on her extensive research in this field, Pollack received two grants from the Asian Cultural Council in 2006 and 2016 and the prestigious Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant in 2008. Additionally, Pollack is an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and frequently lectures on contemporary art at universities and museums throughout the United States and Asia.

Free and open to the public