ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 - CAFA Art Museum - September 21st - October 12th Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:16:40 +0000 Pablo Picasso - University Museum and Art Gallery (The University of Hong Kong) - September 3rd - November 2nd <p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: small;">The University Museum and Art Gallery is excited to announce its exhibition of &ldquo;Picasso Ceramics&rdquo; from the Nina Miller Collection, which provides a unique opportunity to study the sculptural qualities and three-dimensional aspect of Pablo Picasso's work, never before seen in Hong Kong. From World War II to the end of Picasso's life in 1973, the Spanish artist created thousands of carefully sculpted and, often, colourfully glazed, objects that give testimony to his artistic diversity, ingenuity and enormous creative powers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: small;">The exhibition includes more than 100 ceramic works, both Picasso's&nbsp;<em>Madoura</em>&nbsp;editions and unique individual pieces, as well as lithographs and posters designed by the artist, and images by renowned photographers depicting Picasso in his studio and home. Coming from one of the largest collection of the artist's ceramic ware in the world, this is the first time that the London-based Nina Miller Collection is ever seen publically.</span></p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:10:42 +0000 Makoto Fujimura, Bruce Herman - University Museum and Art Gallery (The University of Hong Kong) - September 11th - October 26th <p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: small;">The University Museum and Art Gallery and the Department of Music, The University of Hong Kong are delighted to co-presents QU4RTETS, a collaborative response to T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets, featuring 16 paintings by the distinguished Japanese-American artist Makoto Fujimura, and Boston-based artist and teacher Bruce Herman.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: small;">QU4RTETS grew out of a dinner-party conversation in New York City in 2009, when several friends discovered that they all took deep enjoyment and inspiration from a common text: T.S. Eliot's&nbsp;<em>Four Quartets</em>, a monumental poem acknowledged as one of the masterpieces of the twentieth century. What has followed is a collaborative interdisciplinary project, featuring paintings by Makoto Fujimura and Bruce Herman, and an original piano and string quartet composition by Christopher Theofanidis.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: small;">This exhibition has been generously supported by the United Overseas Bank, and it will be accompanied by an extensive education programme with lectures, as well as music, dance performances, drama and a fashion show<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;">.</span></span></p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:06:48 +0000 Chen Xin - Today Art Museum (TAM) - September 17th - September 28th <div>He is so infatuated with painting, the two huge and heavy palettes covered with paints are good proofs.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He started oil painting in 1977 and became a freelance painter on his retirement from the army in 1984. He occasionally sold one or two of his works and then invested all that he got to painting again. When there&rsquo;s hard time that he cannot financially continue, he went to teach as a part time teacher. As long as it&rsquo;s getting better, he resigned teaching and went back to painting again. He&rsquo;s never been the one to schmooze someone to sell his works. He&rsquo;s been like this for over 30 years.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Modern painting, also known as plane painting, is very different from classic painting. Chen Xin&rsquo;s abstract paintings are those that are far beyond plane. Color and shape are not drawn in front of a two-dimensional background in his painting, but are portrayed in a three-dimensional circumstance.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Only the intangibility and the deepness of a three-dimensional circumstance, could people find a conception.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>While different from the intangibility which is the conception that artists pursued in ancient China, Chen Xin is looking for something deep and profound. Finally, he found something in Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn.</div> <div>With the contrast of dark brown with bright yellow, with the co-existence of roughness and ethereality, with the coupling of clutter and order, the ancient dark brown is refreshed and reborn to be a new chapter.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In main part of his painting, there&rsquo;s a propulsive and extensive power, which is sometimes in a cluster of falling stones and sometimes on a collision of different parts.</div> <div>There&rsquo;s occasionally a touch of brightness found in dark brown, which indicates a bigger space among the cracks of darkness, or which indicates the skyline far away.</div> <div>When people think of skyline, there will be more imaginations drawn out by abstract image, for example the bonfire at night, the meeting of a bagger with goddess, the intersection of mountain and ocean and the emergence of ancient wood and dead sea&hellip;&hellip;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Modern painting, known as abstract painting, also varies from the classic concrete painting. In Chen Xin&rsquo;s works, there&rsquo;s an imagination for concrete images derived from abstract art.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Василий Кандинскийn is the one who firstly metaphorically compared abstract painting to music. A century has passed by, abstract painting is now still waiting for his Beethoven and Bach. I wish that Chen Xin would bring us hope.&mdash;&mdash;Liu&nbsp;Xiaochun&nbsp;</div> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:02:10 +0000 Zhu Zheqin - Today Art Museum (TAM) - September 15th - September 22nd Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:59:50 +0000 Han Shaoguang - Today Art Museum (TAM) - September 12th - September 23rd <p>Han Shaoguang has been pursuing art for over 30 years. Through constant traveling and learning he accomplished his life's resume. Such path of life is also echoing the age of massive migration of population in modern Chinese society. A historical melodrama featuring land on the move and images on the move is kept put on show. Han Shaoguang's art matured and perfected in such social structural upheavals. His recent works have the profound connotation of expressionism as well as the magical sights of surrealism. In retrospect of the tradition, he put more vision and thought into what is taking place in contemporary time. His artistic practice embodies the impacts of religion and philosophy on human spirit. From the unique perspective of an artist, he explores the spiritual and temperamental conditions. He depicts all walks of life, yet not real-to-life individuals. These lives, being represented in the rise and fall of mountains, are an reaction coming from Han Shaoguang's experience in life. They symbolize the height of the gods and the myth of the moving life. It also confirms the meaning of the world through images and expounds the meaning of life through continuous artistic activities.</p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:57:19 +0000 Li Xiaofei - Today Art Museum (TAM) - September 12th - September 21st <div>I love his way that is close to life and human.</div> <div>It&rsquo;s almost a year since Li Xiaofei&rsquo;s solo exhibition &ldquo;Stray into the World&rdquo;. Indeed, he has strayed into the world for a long time.</div> <div>It&rsquo;s out of the stray that he brings meaning to his leisure and life by non-stop self-exploration. The morality of persistence carries him over the hardness of life. He ends up with a rich life experience including publishing books, teaching in the university, and also curating exhibitions for his students.&nbsp;</div> <div>Though being a frequent guest of his studio, he seldom pays attention to my presence, neither do I say anything to him. We are bridged by silence.</div> <div>As he works, he&rsquo;s like a rope walker who lives on the site but has nothing to rely on. Willing to bear the risk and cost, he chooses to be a wanderer who tears the canvas with brushes while reaching for the peak of one&rsquo;s soul.</div> <div>Art calls not only for one&rsquo;s body and heart, but also establishes a nation of religion in one&rsquo;s life. In no case could one change the border of the nation, neither could one alter the devotion or religiosity. It&rsquo;s a irreversible standpoint and determination regardless of any danger or uncertainty.&nbsp;</div> <div>In my view, Li Xiaofei suffers from an incurable amnesia. Because he always transfers the images on his canvas into propositions against the viewers, the fate and also the society. He must have figured out the answers on the prescription all by himself.</div> <div>His images make people feel melancholy. Moreover, he sincerely invokes the people to experience the wandering of meaning in contemporary society in the absence of God. The piano, sofa and chair discard their original context to a meaningless flight, expecting a pending re-union or a moving confession. God knows exactly what old story he intends to retrospect, which he then develops into a dramatic conflict.&nbsp;</div> <div>In Legend, Alien View, Performance without Audience, Hero is Gone, the radiance left on the canvas is liken to the remained alkali and salts on Gobi desert, whose light points to the other bank that is made up of inquiries. In order to get close to him, a stranger needs a tacit understanding or several familiar words to cross the bank. The moment he knows, closeness is burning cozily.</div> <div>Xiaofei literally means that one must take off only after daybreak. For the daybreak blends the gaze, inspiration and doubt of the daylight with the damage, fire and montage of the dark night.</div> <div>Alone he stands by the bank and on the cliff, whose figure turns into a green leaf or lifting smoke in the eyes of a distant observer. &mdash;&mdash;by Ai Hai</div> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:54:29 +0000 Tian Wei - Today Art Museum (TAM) - September 12th - September 15th <div>The ink drawing needs to return to its internal subtle renewal after modernistic revolution and all sorts of restless and brute contrivances. It should absorb more profundity in silence and meditation. This process calls for a powerful mind. Tian Wei, a devout practitioner, is drawing in silent transform while praying silently. Miraculous brightness of the ink and wash drawing is constantly flowing, making our souls shudder.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The ink drawing is yet to be renewed with new spirits and qualities. In other words, fresh miraculous brightness is needed to awaken its quality. Be it of Buddhism or Christian Genesis, the brightness has gone through modernistic baptism. The ink drawing has its own brightness, which is subtly revitalized in the drawings of man-of-letters. The strength of &ldquo;brightness&rdquo; and the tenderness of &ldquo;Qi&rdquo; are to integrate when the brightness encounters western idea of reason. Brightness and Qi, spirituality and perception are yet to awaken sleeping Chinese once again.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Visual model of Tian Wei&rsquo;s works has great originality and rare texture. Different from western abstract painting and former Chinese Maximalism, inner breathing and conviction are infused into his works through repetitive strokes. The theory is reverse restructuring of Chinese blank space, followed by the technique of layers of ink adopted by Gong Xian in the late Ming Dynasty (1368--1644), and ink light adopted by Huang Binghong. Repetitive layers of ink serve the &ldquo;blank space&rdquo; at the center of the drawing to give off cool light. Rather than make an artificial brightness, he enables the blank space give off everlasting light in the flowing of dark ink. The light has the power toreach our souls. The light turns into an everlasting rainbow when golden or colorful powder is added to the drawing. The works of Tian Wei make us feel again the loftiness of western abstract drawings and the naturalness of Chinese art. His works resemble incessant waves of the sea, or the flowing hazy moment of the world. They shed light on the internal integration of Chinese yin and yang(two opposing principles of the nature).The brightness of the light is in contrast with the profoundness of the ink when the positioning of double-string is adopted, so the melody of the universe is constantly resounding on the drawing.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The exhibition shows us Tian Wei&rsquo;s journey of thinking over these years. It gives us a chance to experience the rare qualities of the ink and brush drawing in its renewal and calmness, which is the secret shuddering of the heart upon touching the world, the aspiration when the world came into being, and the incessant flowing passion of life that shakes our souls. His works bring about calmness and composure to this chaotic world, leading us to follow more lofty brightness,because it is the horizon of the spirit world.&mdash;&mdash;Xia Kejun</div> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:51:33 +0000 Gary Bukovnik - Today Art Museum (TAM) - September 7th - September 20th <div>Flowers have nature given grace with the holy spirit of the human heart , They have short-lived but brilliant and beautiful lives and consequently people have special feelings and an extra caring for them. For all time, the flower has been one of the constantl themes in the world of art. Van Gogh's " Sunflowers " and Monet&rsquo;s &ldquo; Water Lilies " are examples which these artists left for humanity&rsquo;s spiritual wealth and have won eternal and universal praise.Still life is a usual theme in traditional painting. There have been numerous and uncountable flower paintings from the artist&rsquo;s brush but there are very few engraved with distinctive and individual traces of strong personality.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Gary Bukovnik, a famous American contemporary watercolorist , was born in Cleveland Ohio in 1947 and educated in the arts. He has been living in San Francisco and creating for nearly 40 years, mainly using watercolor, monotype and lithography that is infused with a sensual vitality. Fluid yet powerful colors create paintings stunning to behold. Delightful flowers, blossoms or various kinds of food accurately portrayed and colorfully reproduced naturally in gorgeous scenes with a raw exuberance.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Isolation on a white background is the one of the most significant features of Gary&rsquo;s art, giving us an infinite reverie of space, meanwhile also allowing the main subject to be more prominent. Of course , the colors are lifelike, vivid , Precise, richly accurate and with full fluency of technique; these are some of his most commendable points. Gary&rsquo;s works are elegant, big-hearted and very chic in their composition, either complex and seemingly unordered or neatly orderly and harmoniously dynamic with a personal realism. Looking at the whole of the work, full of music-like rhythms , beautiful and filled with emotion , giving the viewer a special enjoyment of beauty, cordial feelings ..... peaceful, relaxed, comfortable and refreshing. We could imagine being in our own garden - possibly for tea and a chat. In the bustle and flamboyance of today&rsquo;s world, this is what we are missing and what we especiallly need.</div> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:49:16 +0000 - National Art Museum of China - September 18th - September 26th <p>Professor Peter&middot;Ludwig is a distinguished entrepreneur and social activist from Germany. Both he and his wife professor Ireina&middot;Ludwig are world-renowned art collectors. For several decades, they have collected thousands of precious artworks and had them find home in scores of museums all over the world by way of donation and lending, doing remarkable contribution to international cultural exchange. The Ludwigs signed donation agreement with National Art Museum of China on March 27, 1996 and decided to select 89 sets (117 pieces) of works created after 1970s from their abundant art collections and donated to China. This is the first time for China to have a vast collection of Western art. As beneficiary of the donation, for a long period of time, National Art Museum of China has been engaged in carrying forward of this art treasure and has more people enjoy this present, which is the will of the Ludwigs as well as tenet of National Art Museum of China.</p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:41:19 +0000 - National Art Museum of China - September 23rd - October 7th <p>Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of China and undertaken by the Art Department of Ministry of Culture and National Art Museum of China, Depict Chinese Dream-Art Exhibition on Celebration of the 65th Anniversary of the Founding of PRC will open at National Art Museum of China on September 23, 2014. The exhibition aims to show glorious course of Chinese nation in defeating foreign aggression, founding new China, constructing beautiful homeland, carrying out reform and open policy and heading for great rejuvenation. Taking national rejuvenation, national prosperity and people&rsquo;s happiness as the main themes, the show consists of 3 chapters-seek for dream of national rejuvenation, make dream of national prosperity, pursue dream of people&rsquo;s happiness.&nbsp;<br />With excellent collection of NAMOC as the main body, the exhibition will display nearly 300 pieces of works in 9 exhibition halls. The exhibits, which covers various art categories like traditional Chinese painting, oil painting, print, sculpture, comic strips, New Year pictures, new media arts, extol and laud in a epic way the Chinese Communist Party who leads Chinese people to fight for national independence, realize national prosperity and people&rsquo;s happiness, highlighting development achievements and artistic characteristics of Chinese art since the 20th century. During the celebrating days to the 65th anniversary of founding the New China, Depict Chinese Dream is both a visual epic showcasing China&rsquo;s tremendous change in the past one hundred years and a colorful chapter reflecting Chinese art culture pursuit and ideal. The exhibition has a significant cultural value and practical meaning on respect of carrying forward national and time spirit, practicing the socialist core value, inspiring striving enthusiasm of the masses, firming cultural consciousness and national confidence through artistic appreciation and gathering great power of realizing Chinese dream.</p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:38:40 +0000 - National Art Museum of China - September 11th - September 19th <p>Understand China by Insight implies to sense China through soul communication, that is, the Arabic artists observe China with eyes, understand China with soul and depict China with painting brush. In the past 5 years, there are over 50 artists from Arabic countries such as Jordan, UAE, Bahrain, Tunisia, Algeria, Djibouti, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Oman, Palestine, Comorin, Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania and Yemen have participated in this event. Understand China by Insight series have become an important multilateral exchange platform between China and Arab countries in culture and art field. The over 40 pieces of exhibits of this exhibition, which are selection from around 150 pieces of collection of previous shows, are review and summary to the previous 5 sessions. In spite of the difference in perspective of observation, creation technique, detail selection and painting style, the Arabic artists&rsquo; remarkable art talent and exquisite artistic conception all express their love and praise to China, Chinese people and Chinese culture.</p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:35:39 +0000 - National Art Museum of China - September 12th - September 19th <p>On December 22 of 1984, Zhejiang Painting Academy was founded in Hangzhou. During the past 30 years, four directors of Zhejiang Painting Academy Lu Yanshao, Pan Honghai, Zhang Huasheng and Sun Yongwei have been creating conditions for the development of the academy and led it climb over academic peaks of one and another.&nbsp;<br />The exhibition is made up of 5 parts: Special Show of Lu Yanshao, The First Director of Zhejiang Painting Academy, Truly Great Men-The 30th Anniversary of Zhejiang Painting Academy&middot;Figure Painting, High as Mountains and Long as Rivers-The 30th Anniversary of Zhejiang Painting Academy&middot;Landscape Painting, Scenery Typical of a Place-The 30th Anniversary of Zhejiang Painting Academy&middot;Flower-and-Bird Painting and The 30th Anniversary of Zhejiang Painting Academy&middot;Document Show.</p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:33:37 +0000 Group Show - Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art (Doland Art Museum) - September 13th - September 27th <p>由上海多伦现代美术馆主办,策展人仇海波策划的"各就其位:当代艺术中的自我建构"艺术展将于2014年9月13日下午3点在多伦现代美术馆隆重开幕。此次展览集结了20多位艺术家的近70件作品,展出的作品涵盖了油画、雕塑、装置、摄影、影像等。</p> <p>  此次展览大体上分为"欲望与焦虑"、"存在与身份"、"身体与经验"、"叙事与反叙事"四个部分,试图通过这四部分内容,重启"自我建构"这个话题,去观察、呈现和思考艺术家在"自我建构"这个议题下的创作思考和实践。</p> <p>  总体上看,参展艺术家的作品大多介于具象与抽象之间,其创作从叙事的传统或当代艺术的批判性中解放出来,通过绘画、影像等形式关注自己的个人生活,或审视自己的内心世界,从而塑造自己的精神家园,让自我的情感、观念、意志以一种视觉的方式呈现在观众面前。形象的暗示,图像的隐喻,他们的作品大多充满了情绪和情感的无尽倾诉或观念的叙说,隐藏的个体意念和精神状态歇斯底里地外化为表现性的符号。策展人仇海波说:"这种无意识或有意识的自我诉说,解决的不是当代艺术自身笼统的批判性问题,而是在一个新的视界重新审视、规划、理解已经丢弃了的'自我'视野和经验表达。"</p> <p>  作为此次展览的参展艺术家,同时也是发起人之一的张勇,对于该展览也有着自己的理解和感受,他说:"参展艺术家的作品都流露出各自不同的生命体验和生存经验,作品也都呈现出各异的审美趣味,有的作品也反映出当下大部分人群的那种自我安慰,甚至逃避现实的内心状态。在创作上,有的作品融入了电影元素,有的具有哲学内涵,手机、互联网等新技术在艺术家的作品中也有体现,艺术家的创作不受任何的限制。"</p> <p>  此次参展的艺术家大多来自上海,他们有的任职于各大艺术院校,有的是游离于体制之外的职业艺术家,还有的是在体制内外不断变换角色的艺术家。在一定程度上,这次展览其实也反映了上海地区艺术家的基本创作面貌和个性,并从一个较为宏观的视野展现了这些艺术家们对自我的内心世界以及所处的现实环境的感悟与思考。</p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:26:22 +0000 Byron Huang-Dean - Pantocrator Gallery - September 20th 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p>Solo Exhibition 個展</p> <p>From 20 to 30 September, 2014<br />从2014年9月20日到9月30日</p> <p>Opening Reception闭幕酒会</p> <p>Saturday, September 20th, 6pm to 9pm<br />2014年9月20日 ,星期六,6点到9点</p> <p>Byron Huang-Dean is an Australian artist based in Melbourne. Primarily working with sound,&nbsp;Byron&nbsp;Huang-Dean creates installation works, site-specific interventions, performances and compositions. He is interested in examining the experience of sound in contemporary urban and natural environments, using field recordings to map and reimagine places. He situates his practice between the fields of Psychogeography, Acoustic Ecology and expanded documentary practice. His works aim to immerse the listener within the everyday textures and rhythms that go unnoticed in sonic environments, fluctuating between abstraction and clearly narrative sequences of sound.</p> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:20:11 +0000 Group Show - ShanghART Taopu - September 12th - December 31st Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:29:11 +0000