ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM
Text by Christopher Phillips.
This oversize study of Shanghai's creative culture presents an adventurous mix of architectural models, digital simulations, designer fashion apparel, drawings, runway videos, paintings, photo-works and video installations by the city's leading contemporary artists. Christopher Phillips, curator at the International Center of Photography in New York and editor of this volume, writes in his introduction, Since the early 1990s, Shanghai has been at the forefront of China's historic national resurgence. During that time, it has become one of the world's most frenetic and fascinating cities. With a population now approaching 20 million, it is an urban colossus--China's largest and most densely populated city. For well over a decade, it has exhibited the fastest economic growth of any of the global megacities, averaging around 15 percent growth annually. Shanghai's burgeoning prosperity can be charted in the city's spectacular skyline, which is now crowded with more than 4,000 buildings in excess of 20 stories--double the number of New York City--with at least 1,000 more still to come.