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Bringing private passions into the public realm   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Hai Bo, Zhang Dali, Wang Guangle, Ai Weiwei, Qiu Xiaofei, Zhang Xiaogang, LIANG Yuanwei at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen June 14th - September 21st
Posted 8/6/14

For the better part of their lives Henk de Heus and his wife Victoria de Heus-Zomer have worked to build up their business. The De Heus animal feed company has a hundred year history but it wasn’t until the last couple of decades that the family business from rural Barneveld boomed, becoming a world leader in animal nutrition, a multinational active in fifty countries. The de Heus-Zomer couple has invested a sizeable part of the resulting fortune in art. Since the late eighties they have col... [more]

China's Warhol: An Interview with Armory Commissioned Artist Xu Zhen | 徐震   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/27/14

Shanghai, Feb. 2014: When Xu Zhen was twenty-one-years-old he made a video piece called Rainbow (1998) in which a man’s back is turned red from a lashing that is heard, but not seen. The piece debuted at the 49th Venice Biennial. In another early video work, Not Doing Anything (1999), the artist whipped a dead cat’s body against a wall until there was little left. If there is an extreme end to an idea, Xu Zhen will take it, and his consistent willingness to push boundaries has made him... [more]

From Realism to Radicalism: Speaking with Philip Tinari, Curator of Focus China 2014   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at The Armory Show March 6th - March 9th
Posted 2/27/14

The first Armory Show in 1913 introduced European avant-garde painting and sculpture to the American public. Roughly a century later the New York fair has chosen contemporary works from China to be its focus. Sixteen galleries will travel to New York from Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Hong Kong next week and about half of them will be bringing the work of a young generation. This year’s curator for the Focus section is Philip Tinari. Formerly the Chief Editor of LEAP magazine, Tinari i... [more]

Pop Culture Miner Jim Linderman Interview The Bund (Chinese) Text and Translation  
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3/15/12 Posted 3/15/12

Complete Article and Translation HERE [more]

Xiaojiaochang New Year's pictures exhibition(thru 30th Apr. 2011)  
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4/15/11 Posted 4/15/11

(Excerpt from 'Lost art lens on old Shanghai' posted on China.org.cn, Apr. 2011. Found on http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2011-04/01/content_22273826.htm) A truly rare collector's item, handmade woodblock prints exhibition is on at Baoshan District Folk Art Museum through the end of April. Chinese Lunar New Year's pictures - a must for almost every home - are mass produced today and typically feature gods, countryside scenes and auspicious symbols. But for only three decades in the early 1900s, Shanghai tu... [more]

Million Yuan Painting by a Beginner  
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3/31/11 Posted 3/31/11

Originally posted on matthewfelixsun.blogspot.com The picture about was a painting by a well-known TV hostess, actress Ms. Ni Ping done in traditional Chinese style and was sold in a charity auction for the price of RMB or Yuan 1,180,000 (about USD180,015).  It was reported that Ms. Ni repeated told the buyers that she was a beginner and amateur and her works should cost much.  When she saw the price kept going up she grabbed the gavel and stopped the escalation. For comparison, she perh... [more]

Glasgow honors painter Fan Zeng  
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3/18/11 Posted 3/18/11

(Excerpt from 'Glasgow honors Chinese painter Fan Zeng' posted on China.org.cn, Mar. 2011. Found on http://www.china.org.cn/arts/2011-03/17/content_22163426.htm) Fan Zeng is a master of the "pure-line-drawing" technique and also specializes in "splashed ink" and figure painting. The honorary Doctor of Letters conferred on Chinese painter Fan Zeng, 72, by the University of Glasgow, marks the first time one of the United Kingdom's oldest universities has honored an established Chinese artist. Spea... [more]

Island Arts: Feng Jin at the Alameda Museum  
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3/17/11 Posted 4/26/11

Submitted by Michael Singman-Aste on 1, March 17, 2011 Feng Jin with Romancing the Metal, 2011. Copper and wood boards.* By Michael Singman-Aste Having studied Japanese for two years at the University at California, Berkeley, there was a time when I knew several hundred Chinese characters. I know I’m rusty, but I can’t make heads or tails of Feng Jin’s characters. That’s just fine. Although inspired by Chinese calligraphy, his work is not in fact a reproduction of Chinese verse in metal. Jin says... [more]

Alameda Museum Presents 'The Tao of Metal' by Metal Sculptor Feng Jin  
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2/25/11 Posted 4/26/11

Alameda Patch Posted by Lauren Huang | February 25, 2011 | Alameda Museum is presenting The Tao of Metal, a solo exhibition of sculpture by Bay Area artist Feng Jin. From March 5 to 30, 2011, the exhibition will feature Jin's new work, including pedestal and large-scale sculpture as well as a site specific installation.Jin's work offers connections between forms, symbols and architecture through a vocabulary that is emblazed with light and informed by Asian art and history. Jin uses an... [more]

Zhu Wei: On Our China Watchlist  
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2/22/11 Posted 2/22/11

(Image: Zhu Wei , Holidays No.2,  2010,  Ink and color on paper; 67 x 48 cm ; © Zhu Wei) Zhu Wei (b. 1966, Beijing, China) Zhu Wei is the world’s most renowned contemporary Chinese ink painter and the art form’s most important explorer. He is also among the very first group of distinguished contemporary Chinese artists recognized by the international art audience in the nineties of the 21st century. Amongst the vast outstanding group of contemporary Chinese artists, Zhu Wei is one o... [more]

China seeking more feminist contemporary works of art  
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1/21/11 Posted 1/21/11

(Excerpt from 'Bringing a Woman's Touch to Chinese Art Scene' posted by JOYCE HOR-CHUNG LAU on The New York Times website, Jan 2011. Found on http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/21/arts/21iht-women21.html) Chinese art world looking for a change and revival of feminine art. Men dominated the Chinese contemporary art boom that began in the late 1980s and early ’90s. While some women eked out artistic careers, none became the so-called blue chips who broke auction records and became quasi-celebriti... [more]

Christie’s Hong Kong auction (1st Dec.)  
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11/25/10 Posted 11/25/10

(Excerpt from 'Christie's Sales of Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art to Offer an Impressive Array of Rare and Important Works' posted on Art Daily, Nov 2010. Found on http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=42832) Preparing for the upcoming Hong Kong auction of Chinese and imperial artifacts. Christie’s Hong Kong Fall sales of Important Ceramics and Works of Art will take place on December 1 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. With three important single-owner sales and numerous im... [more]

Christie’s to sell Chinese 20th Century Art  
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11/11/10 Posted 11/11/10

(Excerpt from 'Christie’s Hong Kong Presents Masterpieces of Chinese 20th Century Art in November' posted on All Art News, Nov 2010. Found on http://www.allartnews.com/christies-hong-kong-presents-masterpieces-of-chinese-20th-century-art-in-november/) Works by renowned and most widely collected Chinese artists to be auctioned off this November. Christie’s announced the Evening and Day Sales of Chinese 20th Century Art will be held on 27-28 November at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibiti... [more]

Societe Generale Chinese Art Awards 2010  
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11/11/10 Posted 11/11/10

(Excerpt from 'Societe Generale Chinese Art Awards 2010' posted on artinasia.com. Found on http://www.artinasia.com/galleryDetail.php?view=7&catID=2&galleryID=2057&eventID=6210) Societe Generale launches the Chinese Art Awards 2010, its first contemporary art award that is aimed at identifying young artists in Greater China and offering them international visibility. Chinese Art Awards 2010 will focus on the mediums of painting, drawing, photography, as well as video art. Participants will hav... [more]

Paintings by Zhonggui Shi  
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Zhonggui Shi at Bamboo Lane Gallery September 11th, 2010 - October 31st, 2010
Posted 9/21/10

Mr. Shi paints Tibetan landscapes in the traditional Chinese manner of ink and wash painting on rice paper, but with extremely vivid colors and in a somewhat abstract style. Animals of the highland plains such as Yaks are silhouetted against the vibrant colors of dawn and dusk and highlight the scale of the landscape throughout the four seasons and migratory birds populate the lower marshlands and give voice to the endless silence of the horizons.  The paintings capture a sense of both the freed... [more]

Digitally preserving The Chinese Rock Art  
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8/12/10 Posted 8/12/10

(Excerpt from 'ASU helping China digitally preserve rock art' posted on Archaeology Daily News; Aug 2010. Found on http://www.archaeologydaily.com/news/201008034690/ASU-helping-China-digitally-preserve-rock-art.html) Arizona State University lends assistance to help preserve cultutal heritage of China. China has a rich cultural heritage that stretches far into the distant past. In recent years, China has invested increasing efforts in preserving this heritage for present and future generations. This is an enormous task, i... [more]


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