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I Chat, You Chat, We Chat—In Photos
At first glance, the 10 artists featured in the Asia Society's WeChat: A Dialogue in Contemporary Chinese Art exhibition have very little in common. One, Pixy Yijun Liao, flips gender roles on its head with her younger partner, displaying him only in ...

Asian Art Hong Kong's 3rd Edition Fêtes the Traditional and the Contemporary
Other participating galleries and stores will be displaying items from across territories that are now India and Afghanistan (“Inspiration & Transformation: Treasures from Gandhara and Chang'an” at Art Serindia), China (“The Art of Song Dynasty,” K.Y ...

Asian Pacific American Artwork to go on Display at Gaithersburg Activity Center
The City of Gaithersburg will celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month with an art exhibit at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park. The exhibit will feature traditional and contemporary Chinese art by members of the Harmonious Art Group. Bohrer Park ...

'Paradise Interrupted' — Bringing Chinese Tradition Onto the Contemporary Stage
My specific experience with kun opera was because in 2012 I did an installation at the Ullens Center of Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing. It was a hanging garden that was 60 feet long and hanging 20 feet in the air. It had an upside down component ...

China's Most Important Artist Born after the Cultural Revolution
Cao Fei's 2013 film Haze and Fog, currently on view at The Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Tel Aviv, at first seems to pose such a question to the audience. Set against the menacing urban backdrop of a post-industrial city in China—which recalls ...

Painting by numbers: What value in China's art market?
The serenity of Cui Ruzhuo's (崔如琢) ink landscapes is a far cry from the turmoil of China's contemporary art market, but he can bank on his own status as the country's best-selling living artist. Cui's works reflect traditional Chinese forms and ...

From limos to junk, quirky museums tell Beijing's history
... offer a welcome alternative to state museums that seek to draw the visitor into a narrative about the greatness of China and the necessity of the Communist Party's leadership, said Philip Tinari, director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art ...

Desert roses: Doha's art scene blossoms
So it's hardly a surprise that when asked to curate an exhibition of contemporary Chinese art for the Al Riwaq Gallery in Doha by Qatar Museums, he spent 3 years researching the project and has delivered a show on a very grand scale indeed. Called ...

From Limos to Junk, Quirky Museums Tell Beijing's History
... offer a welcome alternative to state museums that seek to draw the visitor into a narrative about the greatness of China and the necessity of the Communist Party's leadership, said Philip Tinari, director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art ...

National Gallery Singapore plays important role
I salute the National Gallery Singapore and France's Centre Pompidou for staging the Gallery's exhibition - Reframing Modernism: Painting From South-east Asia, Europe And Beyond - which examines modernism from the perspective of South-east Asia ...

'Heart of glass' for China students on exchange
“Stained glass has long been freed from its ecclesiastical confines and is now taken seriously as a contemporary art form. Flat glass painting is the main area of focus here at the Crawford as this is what we would be known for. Maud Cotter originally ...

Art Exhibits To See Around Boston This Spring
Controversial Chinese star Ai Weiwei, sensuous sculptures by 19th century French artist Rodin, a rare copy of Shakespeare's landmark “First Folio,” “The Twilight Zone,” photos of local Black Lives Matter protests, and an interactive installation ...

From limos to junk, quirky museums tell Beijing's history
... offer a welcome alternative to state museums that seek to draw the visitor into a narrative about the greatness of China and the necessity of the Communist Party's leadership, said Philip Tinari, director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art ...

Hip meets heritage in Vancouver, Canada's revitalizing Gastown, Railtown and Chinatown districts
The Rennie Collection, one of the biggest contemporary art collections in Canada, focuses on works related to identity, social injustice and appropriation through painting and photography. .... Stylish eatery for modern Chinese sharing plates and ...

Making waves in the sand
So, now he has posed same question in his latest project, What About the Art? Contemporary Art from China. The project includes an exhibition currently on at the Qatar Museums' Gallery Alriwaq in Doha, a book of his interactions with 16 artists ...

Tycoon Liu Yiqian pays record US$35m for painting by Chinese master
An inkbrush painting by late Chinese artist Zhang Daqian called 'Peach Blossom Spring' is rolled during a preview at Sotheby's in Hong Kong in this March 10, 2016 file photo. — Reuters picHONG KONG, April 5 — A painting by Chinese artist Zhang Daqian ...

Wisconsin Film Festival fills Madison screens with variety
Sundance Cinema at Hilldale Mall will again devote three screens to the festival, and other locations include Vilas Hall, the Chazen Museum of Art, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Marquee Cinema at Union South. Unlike last year, WFF ...

We Chat: A Dialogue in Chinese Contemporary Art
[Organizer's description:] WeChat is a mobile messaging app, developed in China, with more than 600 million users worldwide. Combining the functions of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, WeChat has become the primary means of communication for ...

The Theater Project expands Union Pop-Up Performance program
Within walking distance of the performance, patrons can choose from vegetarian, Tapas, Italian, Sushi, Thai, Chinese, African, Portuguese, Brazilian, and Philippine menus, as well as pub grub and pizza. Lighter fare -- coffee, tea, dessert -- is also ...

Luther College Gerhard Marcks Lecture includes contemporary Asian art
Zheng is one of nine artists featured in an exhibit of contemporary Chinese art, "Don't Cry Over Spilt Ink," on display in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery through April 24. The show is curated by Yang Wang, post-doctoral fellow in Asian ...

Up close with the burning man, artist Cai Guoqiang
She couldn't get out of bed but watched, on a smartphone, a live streaming of how the explosives created a ladder in mid-air. The audience was only the few hundred people living in Huiyu Island,” he says. What About the Art? Contemporary Art from China ...

Why New York's Most Important Art District Is Now the Lower East Side
The space is a tiny white cube, measuring just eight-by-eight feet, and is nestled on a quiet thoroughfare by the Manhattan Bridge dotted with dumpling and noodle shops, Chinese groceries, Protestant churches—and, especially as of late, galleries ...

Maho Kubota On Her New Tokyo Gallery
“In the context of global postwar and contemporary art, Japan has been playing an important role in terms of its depth and diversity.” Why, then, does the Japanese art market seem rather anemic compared with its Chinese and Korean equivalents? Kubota ...

'I love the shock of conflict between cultures'
I'd say that the interest of European institutions in contemporary Chinese art dates from the 1990s. In 1993 and 1994 there were many exhibitions on the theme in European museums, followed by similar ones in several Venice Biennales. Of course that ...

Ai Weiwei's first show in Greece will aid refugees
The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is to have his first exhibition in Greece, where he has spent the past few months documenting the plight of refugees. The Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens will present a mini-survey of Ai's career in May, including a new ...

Rare and Precious Jade Pieces Smash Records in Bonhams Sale
Since the Neolithic period, jade has always been regarded by Chinese scholars as a stone possessing a spiritual significance and cultural resonance that has no parallel in the West. Carved into various forms of ornament, jade has been prized as ...

'I love the shock of conflict between cultures'
I experienced contemporary art in China in the 1980s as the 'revolt' of culture and art. Similar to peasants' revolts of the past, young people organised themselves, formed their own independent art groups and put on exhibitions. The era was about what ...

Museum and galleries: April 7-13
Asia Society Texas Center: "We Chat: A Dialogue in Contemporary Chinese Art," group show, through July 3; $5; 1370 Southmore; 713-496-9901, asiasociety.org. Blaffer Art Museum: "38th Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition," opens 7 p.m. Friday, through ...

Preview: Art Beijing 2016
Similar to Art Fair Tokyo's embrace of a wide range of historical genres, Art Beijing seems to be taking an approach that doesn't limit itself to contemporary art, but also encompasses contemporary craft and design, as well as classical art and ...

Cycladic to Present Ai Weiwei's First Exhibition in Greece
The Museum of Cycladic Art (MCA) in Athens has announced a major exhibition with Ai Weiwei, the Chinese dissident artist's first within an archaeological museum and in the country of Greece. Titled “Ai Weiwei at Cycladic,” the exhibition will take ...

Exhibition brings world-class artwork to Wuzhen
Of course, luminaries from China's own contemporary art scene are also represented at the ongoing event, which runs until April 26. Most of the some 130 works on display for the exhibition can be found at the North Silk Factory, an abandoned industrial ...

Wu Guanzhong Sets World Auction Record for Chinese Painting
Poly Auction Hong Kong's Chinese and Asian Modern and Contemporary Art sale on April 4 was the highlight of its spring auction week, with total sales of HK$400 million. The sale was headlined by Chinese master Wu Guanzhong's “The Zhou Village,” ...

Colorado music, stage, art events and festivals starting April 8, 2016
Through April 24: "The Stonemason's Wish: A Chinese Tale" - 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, The Bitsy Stage, Denver, free; 1-720-328-5294, patti@ bitsystage.com. Through April 30: "The Emperor's New Clothes" - 1 p.m. Saturdays, Miners Alley ...

Contemporary art is global by nature: Qatari shaikha
Now, she's turning the spotlight to China — enlisting the country's most explosive artist Cai Guo Qiang to curate an exhibition of 15 contemporary Chinese artists at the Qatar Museum's Al Riwaq Gallery, CNN said in its promo of the talk show. Shaikha ...

Sheikha Al Mayassa: 'Art is very powerful because it has no boundaries'
In March 2016, she inaugurated What About the Art? Contemporary Art from China, a new exhibition at Gallery Al Riwaq curated by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang. These international exhibitions offer what Sheikha Al Mayassa calls an "informal way of ...

Chinese avant garde artist Huang Yongping returns to Paris
Everything is about to change for Huang Yongping. Twenty-seven years after this avant-garde artist from Xiamen was discovered during the "Magicians of the Earth" exhibition, at the Centre Pompidou, in Paris, he will star in "Monumenta", in the French ...

Ai Weiwei to Present First Solo Show in Greece
The Chinese dissident artist and activist has become world-famous for his political and cultural criticism. Sandra Marinopoulos, President of the Museum of Cycladic Art states, “In the context of our contemporary art program we have long been keen on ...

'Starchitect' pushed boundaries for women — and men
Among her most famous buildings are a crystalline, slant-walled and curving opera house in Guangzhou, China, the tentlike Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London, a modern-art museum in Rome and the aquatics center for the 2012 Olympics in London. She ...

China's private museums are quirky, real
... offer a welcome alternative to state museums that seek to draw the visitor into a narrative about the greatness of China and the necessity of the Communist Party's leadership, said Philip Tinari, director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art ...

Fang Yang bucks fast-fashion trend with long-lasting clothes
And while some luxury labels are moving towards faster fashion, a handful of independent Chinese designers are bucking the trend by championing long-lasting fashion that is stylistically more timeless; their focus is on craft rather than being slaves ...

For the love of the everyday
In the essay, Liang speaks of his school years as a Chinese-origin resident of India: his frequently questioned loyalty to India, the constant ugly noise that is the burden of proof on our histories, and submits a proposal for withdrawal. Liang's text ...

Atlantis, The Palm: Dubai's super-luxury hotel, but does it really make sense?
Some are branded with princely names like Ramsay and Nobu, while the stylish Chinese restaurant Yuan serves me the best Chinese food I've ever eaten. The entry level restaurant Kaleidoscope is also very good; and 'entry level' equates to $80 ... A 40 ...

Raqib Shaw: 'Opera captures the essence of gay suffering'
The Calcutta-born, Kashmir-raised, London-trained Shaw may be little known to the general public, but his pictures fetch eye-watering prices, and he's this year's featured artist at White Cube at Glyndebourne, in which London's leading contemporary art ...

Tourism Spot Wuzhen Seeks 'Fashionable' Crowd with Fine Art Focus
... the exhibit has backing from heavy-hitters in the China art world, including chief curator Feng Boyi and an advisory committee that includes major collector Uli Sigg, Rome's MaXXi director Hou Hanru, and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art Director ...

What The Giant, Polyester Lotus Flower At The MFA Says About Life In Asia's Megacities
“Megacities Asia,” as it's called, is the largest contemporary art show at the MFA to date. Al Miner is ... metropolises. It features large-scale sculptures and installations by emerging and established practitioners, including famed Chinese dissident ...

The next Ai Weiwei? Li Songsong mixes art and politics in thick layers of paint
"[He] is a great example of an incredibly skilled painter who has a very deep sensitivity for Chinese history" says Phil Tinari, director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. "He's always looking in his source material for unexpected ...

Roundup: Panama Papers hit art world, Charlie Hebdo in controversy, LA's dynamic architecture
The scandal has also enveloped the art-loving daughter of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, a secretive currency trader named Joe Lewis who bought the Ganz family collection at a famous 1997 auction that helped set the art market on fire, a Chinese ...

The next Ai Weiwei? Li Songsong mixes art and politics in thick layers of paint
"[He] is a great example of an incredibly skilled painter who has a very deep sensitivity for Chinese history" says Phil Tinari, director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. "He's always looking in his source material for unexpected ...

Small yet cutting-edge, 'Megacities Asia' vitalizes the contemporary art scene in Boston
It notably features an all-star group of contemporary Asian artists, with Chinese artist Ai Weiwei front and center. Named one of the “Top 10 Living Artists of 2015” by Artsy Magazine, Weiwei is the superstar of contemporary art right now, in part due ...

A complete guide to all of famed architect Dame Zaha Hadid's unbuilt designs
Iraqi-British Hadid was at the top of her profession when she died, with a legacy that endures in buildings that include the Guangzhou Opera House in China and the aquatics centre used in the 2012 London Olympics. But thankfully there's more to come ...



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