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20140627160026-lddf_08 A "twofold solo" that brings Chinese and international New Media Art into conversation   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Hu Jieming, Jeffrey Shaw at Chronus Art Center May 9th - November 28th
Posted 6/27/14

In the heart of the famous M50 contemporary art district in Shanghai, between the two ShanghART gallery spaces, is the Chronus Art Center (CAC), the first non-profit organization in China for new media art. Founded in the autumn of 2013 by entrepreneur Dillion Zhang, independent curator Li Zhenhua, and new media artist Hu Jieming, the center focuses on the experimentation, production, exhibition and education of video art and interactive art and technology. Its third show on site is an ambitiou... [more]

20140530152443-2 Uterusman: A Superhero in the Age of Artificial Reproduction   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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David Blandy, Hsu Cheyu, Yang Chihhao, Chen Hongzhu, Bae Jongheon, Rick Juang, Alan Kwan, Danny Lee, Joe Lee, Nathaniel Lord, Victoria Lu, PaoPao, Xu Qin, Li Qingyue, Tsai Shiucheng, Dongxu Sun, Han Sungpil, LaLa Wang, Wang Xin, Sun Xun, Han Yajuan, Lu Yang, Chen Youcheng at MOCA Shanghai (Museums of Contemporary Art Shanghai) April 11th - June 15th
Posted 5/30/14

Shanghai artist Lu Yang’s world is one of death, disease and genetic manipulation, where the politics between the natural and artificial, human and machine play out in the most disturbing ways. As the prodigy of the video artist Zhang Peili, often referred to as the father of Chinese video art, Lu has established herself as one of the youngest and most successful media artists in China today, with a practice that spans five continents. Her work draws influence from otaku culture, manga, s... [more]

Art Basel | Hong Kong #2: Talking Film with Curator Li Zhenhua   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/20/14

The Media Man Around Town (And the World) Katherine Grube talks with Li Zhenhua, curator of the film program at Art Basel in Hong Kong. Li Zhenhua began our conversation with a gentle correction: he had three exhibitions opening in one month, not three exhibitions opening over as many months. I was reminded of these words as Li’s disembodied voice greeted me at Chronus Art Center in Shanghai last week during the opening of a satellite exhibition for “Pandamonium: Media Art from Shanghai,&rd... [more]

Art Basel | Hong Kong: the Ultimate Guide for the Week, Basel's Big and Bold Encounters Sector   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/16/14

Art Basel | Hong Kong: User's Guide Peter Augustus provides an exhaustive list of the week's activities. Following a successful launch last year, Hong Kong’s edition of Art Basel is back with a larger schedule of events and even more art than one can see in a week. This year boasts more than 3,000 works of art from over 200 galleries. Although a welcomed spotlight, Hong Kong was never lacking in the international art show circuit, or arts for that matter—... [more]

20140515224153-carrollfletcherwh0039310x102011lg The Media Man Around Town (and the World): Li Zhenhua and Art Basel Hong Kong’s Film Sector   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Art Basel Hong Kong May 14th - May 18th
Posted 5/15/14

Li Zhenhua began our conversation with a gentle correction: he had three exhibitions opening in one month, not three exhibitions opening over as many months. I was reminded of these words as Li’s disembodied voice greeted me at Chronus Art Center in Shanghai last week during the opening of a satellite exhibition for “Pandamonium: Media Art from Shanghai,” an exhibition co-curated with David Elliott in Berlin. Unable to attend the show’s simultaneous openings in Berlin and Shanghai, Li introduced “Pand... [more]

20140513073305-yang_xinguang_blue Sheer Size and Ambition: Art Basel | Hong Kong's 17 Grand Installation "Encounters"   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Art Basel Hong Kong May 14th - May 18th
Posted 5/13/14

Visitors to Art Basel in Hong Kong will be treated to a collection of seventeen large-scale installation works, mostly by East Asian artists, each handled by a different gallery. Ten of the seventeen artists selected by Yuko Hasegawa, chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, come from Greater China and six from the Mainland alone. Hasegawa also curated this "Encounters" sector in last year's inaugural edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong, but she has selected an entirely different set of a... [more]

20140512140547-view_of_hong_kong_convention_centre Art Basel | Hong Kong: User’s Guide   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Art Basel Hong Kong May 14th - May 18th
Posted 5/10/14

Following a successful launch last year, Hong Kong’s edition of Art Basel is back with a larger schedule of events and even more art than one can see in a week. This year boasts more than 3,000 works of art from over 200 galleries. Although a welcomed spotlight, Hong Kong was never lacking in the international art show circuit, or arts for that matter—we currently have several a year and even two fairs that proudly share the weekend with Basel (read on to find out who). While Basel... [more]

20140502162202-liu_ding_evidence Institutions, history, and Liu Ding's elliptical critique   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Liu Ding at ANTENNA SPACE March 29th - May 15th
Posted 5/2/14

In his current exhibition, Lake Washington, at Antenna Space in Shanghai, Liu Ding treats the objects of art history with absolute seriousness. To move through Antenna Space’s galleries is to move through time and place, from a lake in the western United States to an image created in Beijing in 1989 but held in an artist’s collection in the same city today. Liu’s associative leaps require reading meaning in ellipses, but it is within these ellipses that the play between history a... [more]

20140328145902-zhang_wei_ac15_1984_oil_on_linen_166 THE UN-OFFICIALS | art before 85   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Zhao Gang, Feng Guodong, Zhu Jinshi, Ma Kelu, Yan Li, Wang Luyan, Zhou Maiyou, Tang Pinggang, Huang Rui, Li Shan, Li Shuang, Kang Wanhua, Guan Wei, Zhang Wei at Boers-Li Gallery March 1st - April 12th
Posted 3/28/14

In 2014 Beijing's 798 Art District has transformed from its genesis as a haven for artist studios. The district is not only a showcase for star artists churning out work for an eager market, but also less recognized work of widely varying quality, and even kitsch souvenirs. With THE UN-OFFICIALS | art before 85, showing until April 12 at Boers-Li Gallery, visitors are treated to an idiosyncratic treasure of a recent Beijing past that in these environs seems far more distant. Dozens of works from... [more]

20140228160844-2f-what_can_i_tell_you_that_you_don__t_know_already_ Hybrids, Outsiders, and Transformations   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Bharti Kher at Rockbund Art Museum January 11th - April 20th
Posted 2/28/14

On January 11th, the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM), situated in the 1932 Art Deco building of the previous Royal Asiatic Society, opened Indian artist Bharti Kher’s first large-scale solo show within Asia. Curated by Mumbai-based art historian and Adjunct Curator at the Guggenheim, Snadhini Poddar, Bharti Kher: Misdemeanors surveys a fifteen-year span of the artist’s creative practice from the early 2000s to the present day. Twenty works comprised of sculptures, bindi paintings, photographs, in... [more]

20140227044541-shanghart_supermarket-james_cohan_gallery-04 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]

20140111131111-_mg_6479 Thank God: Questioning Belief, Questioning Faith   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Li Wei 黎薇 at Gallery Yang December 21st, 2013 - February 16th
Posted 1/11/14

In her work, Li Wei is not shy. She has created life-sized vegetative figures in hospital beds, dogs in cages as if impounded, busts of young women staring ahead, showers with underwear hung casually on them and the standing bodies of child performers in their costumes. All are painstakingly made – painted with striking naturalism by the young artist, who herself prefers to be referred to as a he, and recognises not gender as such, but a general human condition. The common expression on these... [more]

20131031081539-tino_sehgal_2 Holding up a mirror to an awakening art market   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Tino Sehgal at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art September 27th, 2013 - November 17th, 2013
Posted 10/31/13

There is a reason why there are no pictures of art works accompanying this article. Tino Sehgal does not allow his work to be documented in the form of script, film, or photograph. Sehgal’s work consists of performances, putting him in the category of ultra-ephemeral, verging on the mythical. When a Sehgal-piece gets sold – his dealer, Marian Goodman Gallery, has them on offer in editions of four or six – the deal has to be sealed by the artist himself in a conversation with the... [more]

20130920080155-___-_______________2 Branding a New Generation of International Artists   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Birdhead, Lee Kit, Li Liao, Kwan Sheung Chi, Hsu Chia Wei, Hu Xiangqian, Li Wei 黎薇 at Rockbund Art Museum September 13th, 2013 - December 8th, 2013
Posted 9/20/13

Art’s relationship with branding sees a new incarnation with the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award, produced in collaboration with the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai and in this first instance addressing itself to artists from what is termed the “Greater China” region. The Hugo Boss Asia Art Award creates a new geographical focus for the fashion brand, running in parallel with the original “Hugo Boss Prize” which began in 1996. The seven short-listed artists for this award have... [more]

20130824131100-3g7a9671 An Act of Critique   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Felice Beato, Wong Hoy Cheong, Cao Chongen, Art Workers Coalition, Xiamen Dada, Tang Dawu, Magicien de la Terre, Khaled Hourani, Duan Jianyu, Chitti Kasemkitvatana, Gulf Labor, Black December Movement, New Art Movement, Ho Tzu Nyen, Pratchaya Phinthong, Redza Piyadasa, VANDY Rattana, Judy Freya Sibayan, Mladen Stilinovic, Anton Vidokle and Pelin Tan, Lee Wen, Wang Xingwei, Huang Yongping, Yu Youhan at Times Museum June 29th, 2013 - August 11th, 2013
Posted 8/24/13

As the various flavours of institutional critique have now become “institutionalised” as part of the practice of contemporary artists, One Step Forward, Two Steps Back curated by Biljana Ciric at the Guangdong Times Museum in Guangzhou aims to reassess the origins, methodologies and effects of this practice. It can be said that One Step Forward… builds on the work of the curatorial team within the Times Museum (and those of its invited curators) since its formal opening in 2009. Th... [more]

20130727145505-0 Painting Lessons   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Shen Ruijun, Ma Shengzhe, ZHOU Siwei, Pang Xuan, Ding Yi, Li Yiwen, Hou Yong, Wang Yuyang, Jiang Zhi at Gallery Yang June 8th, 2013 - July 7th, 2013
Posted 7/27/13

For the past two years Gallery Yang has hosted a series of exhibitions curated by Bao Dong, which he has titled Painting Lessons. In these Bao Dong has presented certain discrete aspects of the nature of current art production in China. In terms of format, the title places the emphasis on painting, but the results in the gallery spaces expand on this to include sculpture and installation. The “lessons” that the curator proposes in this series aim to “go back to specific issues... [more]


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