Long Museum (West Bund) presents the large solo exhibition of Chen Yujun entitled “Sheng Zhang” from 31 January to 9 May 2021. It focuses on Chen’s recent socially engaged practice, which includes the cross-boundary experiments completed in collaboration with creators in other sectors, the repeated attempts to construct his native place as the local field, while highlighting the artist’s latest ink-collage series. The mere aim is to give a comprehensive introduction of his evolving language for the plane constitution.
Jonas Burgert (b. 1969, living and working in Berlin) is one of the main figures of the current international art scene. His works are overwhelming in format and content, full of contrasts and enigmas, timeless and symbolic. Especially for the large solo show at the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, he creates new monumental paintings and expansive sculptures. In addition, there are small-format works – mainly portraits.
Hong Kong art galleries open for business despite coronavirus and Art Basel cancellation
Despite the cancellation of two major contemporary art fairs – Art Basel Hong Kong and Art Central – in March because of the coronavirus outbreak, it is business as usual, more or less, for many Hong Kong art galleries.
11 Artworks From Artnet’s Gallery Network That Our Experts Are Loving This Week
Feng Yan is one of the most renowned photography artists in China. As the title suggests, Psychedelic Bamboo celebrates the nearly surreal ubiquity of bamboo in both Chinese art and nature with a nod to Western psychedelic culture. This abstraction of nature echos both the dynamic nonrepresentational style often used in traditional Chinese calligraphy, yet it is distanced further by the use of photography. The psychedelic effect more or less alludes to the psychological response to the transformation of a rather ordinary and commonplace natural object into a romanticized image.
“Clouds Gathering and Unfolding: Paper” a contemporary Chinese art exhibition An Interview with Guest Curator Zheng Yan
“Clouds Gather and Unfolding: Paper” an Exhibition of Modern Chinese Art on Paper” reopened at the Ichihara Lakeside Museum, which had been temporarily closed since April as a preventative measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus infection. Organized as one of the main programs of “Boso-Satoyama Art Festival: ICHIHARA ART x MIX” postponed until March next year, the exhibition was prepared via remote instructions from the participating artists and guest curator who were unable to travel to Japan from China. What did they feel, and under what kind of mindset did they send off their works? What did they wish to communicate? We spoke with guest curator Zheng Yan online, and asked her to share her thoughts.
Since the 1980s, Chinese contemporary artists have cultivated intimate relationships with their materials, establishing a framework of interpretation revolving around materiality. Their media range from the commonplace to the unconventional, the natural to the synthetic, the elemental to the composite: from plastic, water, and wood, to hair, tobacco, and Coca-Cola. Artists continue to explore and develop this creative mode, with some devoting decades of their practice to experiments with a single material. The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China brings together works from the past four decades in which conscious material choice has become a symbol of the artists’ expression, representing this unique trend throughout recent history. Some of the most influential Chinese contemporary artists today are featured in this exhibition, including Xu Bing, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, and Ai Weiwei. The Allure of Matter premieres at LACMA before traveling to the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, the Seattle Art Museum, and finally the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.
Dans une usine de rêves qui pensent - Interview with Adel Abdessemed by Alexia Antsakli Vardinoyanni
Two full-scale cast-steel pigeons, each with strips of dynamite and a Blackberry phone tied to its back, sit quietly in Adel Abdessemed’s Parisian studio. Dressed in his trademark blue pants, a black shirt and a matching jacket, the forty-nine-year-old Franco Algerian fixes his gaze on these humble city dwellers and contemplates a modern urbanity as described by Marc Augé in which the city is filled with non-places like cash dispensing machines, banks, airports, train stations, autoroutes, parking garages and lots.
‘Heavenly Bodies in the South’: Exotic and romantic
AFTER being stuck indoors and watching online virtual exhibitions for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, let’s embark on an exotic and romantic journey to the “Heavenly Bodies in the South” exhibition in He Xiangning Art Museum.
Bizarre and surreal scenes, such as Ho Chi Minh with a group of Edgar Degas’ ballerinas in a moonlight-washed island full of palm trees or Jack Ma in an Arabic outfit leaning against a camel and resting in a desert, can be seen in paintings among the nearly 50 exhibits created by Chinese artist Qin Qi and Philippine artist Rodel Tapaya.
Another summer is here, and another amazing number of artistic offerings and exhibitions from Asian artists are made known. Here is a list of Asian artists we think will make waves this summer who is a must to watch out for over the warmer months. Hailing from across the region these artists represent the great works coming out of this continent. From the more established works of artists from mainland China to the exciting works coming out of South East Asia, this list is sure to pique any art lover’s interest.
Born in 1985, Beijing, China, artist Chen Tianzhuo received his Master’s in Fine Arts degree from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. Drawing from his experiences in London, Chen began synthesizing the artistic disciplines of installation, performance, video, drawing, and photography. Adopting an eclectic and multidisciplinary practice, it blurs the boundaries between visual and performative art.
The Chinese Economic Reform (改革開放 gaige kaifang, or ‘reform and opening up’) that began in the 1980s has led to China’s rapid growth, but this advancement has not come without the darker side of capitalism. Public outcry demanding democratization led to demonstrations, while income bipolarization was exacerbated. While the first generation of Chinese contemporary artists manifested a critical attitude towards the system and the government, the most recent trends have involved increasingly diverse responses to the Western modernism that young artists have been exposed to since the opening. Against this backdrop, we have invited three leading Chinese artists reflecting the latest trends in contemporary Chinese art: Zhu Jinshi, a first-generation artist after the beginning of the Chinese Economic Reform; Song Dong, a leading proponent of the resistance art movement of the 1990s known as ‘Apartment Art’; and Liu Wei, who is known for remarkable inter-media approaches. In particular, we seek to not merely show a few important historical moments and their representative artistic styles, but provide a condensed overview of chronological developments starting from the 4th June incident of late 80s, which represented an indelible turning point in modern Chinese history...
#NoFilter: in conversation with renowned Thai artist “Gongkan” Kantapon Metheekul
Bangkok’s cultural scene never fails to impress us with its new talents and thought-provoking arts. The city has become a hot haven for dynamic up-and-coming artists, welcoming innovative ideas and talents with open arms. Dedicated to all these creatives in town, this series explores the journey and the edgy personalities of some of the most notable rising stars in the country.
Propaganda amid the protests? Thailand’s Bangkok Art Biennale stirs debate among critics and participants
Can the involvement of dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and an open letter in support of Thailand’s student-led protesters burnish the image of the Bangkok Art Biennale (BAB)? The corporate-sponsored, star-filled spectacle began its second edition on October 29 amid critics’ assertions that it is merely helping the kingdom’s rulers maintain a pretence of normality as thousands gather daily to call for the government to be ousted and reform of the monarchy.
Rebirth in the Spring Breeze: Art Exhibition of He Duoling
He Duoling is a prominent figure in the development of contemporary Chinese painting. He rose to fame in the 1980s and his works such as Spring Winds have Awoken, Youth and The Crow is Beautiful have brought a fresh visual experience to viewers and caused a sensation in the art scene. During his artistic career spanning over four decades, He has always lived in Chengdu, Sichuan province–the city where he was born, except for a short journey to America. Instead of yearning for the so-called 'centre', He Duoling chose to stay at the periphery and adhere to his artistic path. Distancing himself from the bustling, chaotic and restrictive 'centre', he instead delved into his own world without any distraction and roamed the realm of art in response to the call of beauty, and reached his self-determined centre in total freedom and relaxation.