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Alvin Li

Alvin Li is a writer and contributing editor of frieze, based in Shanghai, China.

With works by 11 artists, ‘Study of Things’ at Guangdong Times Museum offers regional perspectives on rampant industries

BY Alvin Li | 15 SEP 20

Showing new commissions produced over a two-year period, ‘Modes of Encounter’ is an attempt to reset the relationship between artists, institutions and publics – that doesn’t quite come off

BY Alvin Li | 06 FEB 20

The video artist Li Ran’s return to painting, at Shanghai’s Aike gallery, is suffused by a sense of cinema

BY Alvin Li | 20 DEC 19

The latest edition uses interdisciplinary collaborations between artists, scientists and activists to highlight a new approach to exhibition-making

BY Alvin Li | 20 FEB 19
Fan Letter

‘I first saw it in a private screening room in my college library, deep in the suburbs of New England. It changed my life.’

BY Alvin Li | 21 DEC 18

At MadeIn Gallery, Shanghai, the Beijing-born artist blends socialist realism with conventions of lianhuanhua, palm-sized Chinese picture books

BY Alvin Li | 18 AUG 18

The Beijing-based artist’s films draw on the emotional strategies of pop culture to explore identity and belonging in a hyper-mediatized world

BY Alvin Li | 13 AUG 18

'Frontier' at OCAT, Shanghai traces contemporary Chinese art's geopolitical concerns and the new complexities of living in a cosmopolitan world

BY Alvin Li | 05 MAR 18

Two controversial events suggest a precarious relationship between China’s culture industry and the state’s soft power project

BY Alvin Li | 26 FEB 18

Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan 

BY Alvin Li | 15 DEC 17
City Report

Is the city stepping out of Beijing's shadow as China's art capital?

BY Daniel Szehin Ho | 15 FEB 17

From Xu Zhen’s store to Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s first show in China, the best shows to see in the city this week

BY Alvin Li | 08 NOV 16