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20140615191356-marina_abramovic Performing Bodies in Basel: 14 Rooms of Living Art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Marina Abramovic, Ed Atkins, John Baldessari, Allora & Calzadilla, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Damien Hirst, Joan Jonas, Laura Lima, Bruce Nauman, Otobong Nkanga, Roman Ondák, Yoko Ono, Tino Sehgal, Santiago Sierra, Jordan Wolfson, Xu Zhen at Art Basel June 14th - June 22nd
Posted 6/15/14

Much more interesting than the description of the 14 Rooms performance series, which will take place as part of Art Basel and is organized by star-curators Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist, is its call out for participants/performers to take part in it: “If you have an identical twin, use the opportunity to be part of Damien Hirst’s work. War veterans are sought after for part of Santiago Sierra’s performance, and anyone who speaks colloquial British-English and is similar in appear... [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]

2448_big Pillowtalk from ShanghART   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Zhang Enli, Yang Fudong, WEI Guangqing, Liang Shaoji, JI Wenyu & ZHU Weibing, JIN Weihong, Liu Weijian, Sun Xun, HU Yang, Shi Yong, Xu Zhen, Yang Zhenzhong, Zhou Zixi at ShanghART Gallery (main gallery) April 10th, 2010 - June 20th, 2010
Posted 5/3/10

  It was hard to not feel that the exhibition “Beds,” at ShangART, was just a lazy attempt to showcase a number of old works of 13 gallery artists done over the past 15 years.  While the putative theme of the show might have provided some unity of focus for the choice of works, it didn’t even attempt this feat and, to the contrary, the idea of “beds” never rose to the level of theme, yet alone, concept. The lack of serious intention was announced immediately in the half-lucid (but far from imag... [more]

Su_chang Shanghai in Chicago   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Olivo Barbieri, Birdhead, Isidro Blasco, Mathieu Borysevicz, Su Chang, David Cotterrell, Cao Fei, Zhu Feng, Yang Fudong, Liu Gang, Shi Guorui, Shu Haolun, Sylvie Levey, Ma Liang, Jin Shan, Speedism, Zhou Xiaohu, Xu Jianrong and Xu Xixian, HU Yang, Lu Yuanming, Xu Zhen at Museum of Contemporary Photography September 25th, 2009 - December 23rd, 2009
Posted 11/30/09

        For most of us, the artists working in China have only been accessible across the internet, magazines, or other media.  Fortunately, there’s been a subtle wave of exhibitions featuring Chinese art in Chicago this year, the most notable being the sculpture in Millennium Park and the large survey at the Chicago Cultural Center “The Big World: Recent Art from China.”  Joining these exhibitions is the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s (MoCP) survey of Shanghai artists, “Reversed Imag... [more]

Daddy_i-bed1 Robert Adanto at Art Basel Miami   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Cao Fei, Zhang O, Wang Qingsong, Chen Qiulin, Yang Yong, Xu Zhen at The Miami Beach Cinematheque December 5th, 2008 8:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Posted 12/1/08

Robert Adanto's The Rising Tide, screening this weekend at Art Basel, captures the complex cultural implications of the global art market's insatiable taste for Chinese Contemporary Art.Adanto's documentary, recently screened at the UK's China Now, as part of Constant Stream China08 at the Royal College of Art, addresses China's economic and cultural metamorphosis through the work of the Middle Kingdom's most talented video artists and photographers. China's place as an emerging global superpowe... [more]

Supermarket_2 To Each Their Own   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Martha Colburn, Folkert de Jong, Xu Zhen at James Cohan Gallery September 6th, 2008 - October 4th, 2008
Posted 9/28/08

If you put three site-specific installations that were meant to stand-alone in a single gallery space do you have three separate exhibitions or one group show? Is it possible that artists participating in a group exhibition could declare that each one of them was actually having a solo show at the same time and in the same place? If it seems like a rhetorical impossibility, stop and see Xu Zhen, Folkert de Jong, Martha Colburn at the James Cohan’s Gallery. Each of these three artists has taken... [more]

Ozhang1 Documentary: Robert Adanto's The Rising Tide  
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and Birdhead, Cao Fei, Zhang O, Wang Qingsong, Chen Qiulin, Yang Yong, Xu Zhen at Pacific Asia Museum October 3rd, 2008 - October 3rd, 2008
Posted 7/27/08

Although artists in rapidly developing China enjoy more freedom than they ever have before, they also face problems they never anticipated. In Robert Adanto's documentary The Rising Tide, performance and video artist Chen Quilin, anime-inspired video artist Cao Fei, conceptual photographer Wang Qingsong, and a wide array of other Chinese artists speak of the spiritual and intellectual dilemmas they face in a society where almost everything is in constant flux. Adanto's surprisingly grim film highli... [more]

120-0025 New Art World Order by Lisa Leong of APA  
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Cao Fei, Zhang O, Wang Qingsong, Chen Qiulin, Xu Zhen at Monkey Town March 27th, 2008 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Posted 3/1/08

The art world is fascinated with what's going in China, and so is documenter Robert Adanto. His project The Rising Tide attempts to set the scene while showcasing the biggest names in contemporary Chinese art. "They view it as fresh and exotic...They lack the understanding needed to judge Chinese art."Artist Yang Yong makes the above assertion in Robert Adanto's documentary The Rising Tide to critique the growing trendiness of contemporary Chinese art in the international market. The "they" in... [more]

Ai_weiwei Ai Weiwei gives a street view of Beijing  
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Chen Chieh-jen, Liu Ding, Dong Jun, Zhao Liang, Cheng Ran, Wang Wei, Wang Jian Wei, Ai Weiwei, Lin Yilin, Xu Zhen, Yang Zhenzhong, Jiang Zhi at Morono Kiang Gallery September 13th, 2007 - November 17th, 2007
Posted 10/4/07

http://www.calendarlive.com/galleriesandmuseums/cl-wk-gallery13sep13,0,1296111.story?coll=cl-art-features GALLERIES Ai Weiwei gives a street view of Beijing The iconic Chinese artist documents the city along a single street in the 10-hour 'Chang'an Boulevard.' By David Ng Los Angeles Times Staff Writer September 13, 2007 IF you think your commute is a pain, consider the vehicular odyssey that Ai Weiwei endured to create his video installation "Beijing: Chang'an B... [more]

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