|About the Book|
“The Unfinished Collection” is an independent publication commissioned by the DSL Collection of contemporary Chinese art and written by Iona Whittaker.This book resonates with the core values of the collection founded by Dominique and Sylvain Levy inMore“The Unfinished Collection” is an independent publication commissioned by the DSL Collection of contemporary Chinese art and written by Iona Whittaker.This book resonates with the core values of the collection founded by Dominique and Sylvain Levy in 2005. The DSL Collection embodies a progressive model for collecting, setting itself apart with a unique approach to acquisition. The collection is conceived as a project, actively seeking artists who inscribe themselves in contemporary discourse and, in their works, reflectthe increasingly globalised state of the world at large from a Chinese perspective. A cap on the number of works in the collection — set at 160 — ensures its constant evolution and redefinition in tandem with artistic development.At the heart of “The Unfinished Collection” is the question is what it means to be an art collection in the 21st Century. There can be no doubt about the strength of the work being produced by contemporary Chinese artists, which represents fertile ground for exploring new questions about value, branding and the audience. The book has a temporal thrust in looking to develop the identity of the DSL Collection as at once timely and timeless, and is conceived with a bold, questioning attitude. Organised around three main sections: “WhereDo We Come From?”, “What Are We” and “Where Are We Going?”, the book examines the collection and presentation of art in view of recent changes in artistic and wider culture.In “The Unfinished Collection”, the DSL Collection acts as a lens through which to examine these changes – and their potential – with a finger on now and a view to the future.