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Making Japan's heritage accessible without spoiling it
Nijo Castle, built in 1679 as the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa shoguns, is hosting the Asia Corridor Contemporary Art Exhibition, which features 25 artists from Japan, China and South Korea. A colorful balloon artwork by South Korean artist Choi ...

Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW)
... the growing vibrancy of ACAW's Asia-based consortium community, including a special co-presentation of projects by three contemporary Chinese artists as part of Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation (BCAF) inaugural Creative China Festival in New ...

The new generation of Chinese collectors shaking up the art world
Michael Xufu Huang is hard to miss. In March of this year, the Chinese art collector turned heads at a Guggenheim party by showing up in a white leather jumpsuit. A week later, he swept through the VIP opening of Art Basel in Hong Kong in a powder-pink ...

History reimagined at Deoksugung Palace
At Deoksugung Palace, artists show us their interpretation of the short-lived Daehan Empire (1897-1910) in an exhibition organized by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) and the Deoksugung Palace Management of the Cultural ...

In Takashi Murakami's Moscow, It's All "Cuteness and Catastrophe"
In a 2000 interview with the Japanese photographer Mako Wakasa for the Journal of Contemporary Art, the artist Takashi Murakami presented the following rules for survival and success in the contemporary art market (best exemplified, he said, by Damien ...

'Theater of the World' Curator Alexandra Munroe on Why Americans Must Understand Chinese Art for Their Own Good
Co-curated with Hou Hanru and Phillip Tinari, the show attempts to present an intellectual history of contemporary art in China from the two decades between the generational tragedy of Tiananmen Square and the country's geopolitical ascent represented ...

Louvre Pulls Sculpture, Saying It Was Sexually Explicit
The Louvre has withdrawn a large installation by a Dutch art and design collective for being sexually explicit — right on the heels of the Guggenheim's decision to pull three controversial artworks from its upcoming China show. The piece ...

Southeast Asia stakes its claim in the art world
If, as the Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei has asserted, contemporary art is a kind of freedom, then our need to appreciate this art has only increased now that Indonesia and Myanmar, as well as Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines, are ...

Asia Contemporary Art Week Is So Big It Can't Be Contained To One ...
Asia Contemporary Art Week Is So Big It Can't Be Contained To One ...

Louvre pulls art exhibit, saying it was sexually explicit
The Louvre has withdrawn a large installation by a Dutch art and design collective for being sexually explicit right on the heels of the Guggenheim's decision to pull three controversial artworks from its upcoming China show. The piece "Domestikator ...

Hong Kong jeweller Dickson Yewn: from Michelle Obama to taking on the fine art world
The 47-year-old has just returned from Switzerland where he showcased his latest installation, No Man's Land V, at Contemporary Art Zurich. Five years in the making, it features a series of butterfly sculptures brought to life ... Yewn started ...

In China, performance art feels the chill from official disapproval
Madeleine O'Dea, author of a new book on dissident artists in modern China, said the country's contemporary art scene was now experiencing a period of retrenchment. “I definitely feel like things are getting worse and worse,” O'Dea said at a book ...

The Louvre Pulled This Popular Artwork for Being Too Sexually ...
The Louvre Pulled This Popular Artwork for Being Too Sexually ...

China's performance artists feel the chill from official disapproval
Madeleine O'Dea, author of a new book on dissident artists in modern China, said the country's contemporary art scene was now experiencing a period of retrenchment. “I definitely feel like things are getting worse and worse,” O'Dea said at a book ...

Q&A: Sotheby's Alex Branczik on October Sales
Could you throw some light on the way Chinese Contemporary Art is sold across your top locations? How different is the composition of these sales in different cities and why so? One of the most exciting developments in the Chinese market in 2017 came ...

Kuan Yun's '15cm' at Aura Gallery, Beijing
Over the past 16 years, the gallery has continued its tradition of commissioning new scholarships and creating innovative trends in Chinese Contemporary art scene. The exhibition is on view through October 11, 2017 at Aura Gallery, A1 Qikeshu Creative ...

Art Industry News: Buy an Ai Weiwei on eBay for $100 + More Must-Read Stories
The Contemporary Art Society Buys Bopape – The CAS has acquired a major installation, Sedibeng, it comes with the rain (2016), by the South African artist Dineo Seshee Bopape at Frieze London. Bopape won the Pinchuk Future Generation Art Prize and ...

Guggenheim Director Cites Threats as Reason for Pulling Animal Artworks
The exhibition charts the evolution and globalization of contemporary Chinese art. Three of the pieces, including a video by Sun Yuan and Peng Yu entitled “Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other,” used animals to symbolically depict oppression in China, and ...

LIN TIANMIAO with Kang Kang
Lin Tianmiao is one of the most powerful female voices to emerge from and endure the vicissitudes of Chinese contemporary art over the past two decades. Since the mid-1990s, she has been making labor-intensive, traditional craft-based sculptures and ...

Expert to discuss ongoing struggle for freedom of expression in China
O'Dea has been an eyewitness for over 30 years to the rise of China, the explosion of its contemporary art and cultural scene, and the long, ongoing struggle for free expression. The stories of these artists and their art mirror the history of their ...

Qiu Zhijie: 'I plan to map the world'
It charts the historical and political events and movements that have shaped contemporary Chinese art. "We invited (Qiu) to make a map that responded to the story that we are attempting to tell in the exhibition," explained Philip Tinari, the director ...

'Human Flow,' Ai Weiwei's feature-film debut, takes on the global refugee crisis
Not to mention a relentless documenter — of the Chinese communist government, of international human rights violations, of the 40-some cats that roam his Beijing art studio and of the longtime team members who populate his Berlin art studio, a 150 ...

Capturing China's sweeping changes, one brush stroke at a time
The sound of jackhammers reverberates through Yu Hong's Beijing studio. Outside, men in blue uniform -- shouting over the noise -- wheel piles of red bricks, while others help clear debris. The studio is located in the city's 798 Art District, a ...

Ritual Spirit review: A sombre display that tackles spirituality, belief and scepticism
Last week I was in China meeting artists from each end of the contemporary art spectrum. In Suzhou I saw a breathtaking show of brush-and-ink painting by Li Huayi (b.1948), an artist who has divided his life between China and San Francisco. In Shanghai ...

Groundbreaking LGBTQ Art Show on Display in Taiwan
Ethnic Chinese artists based in the U.S. and Canada will also be represented. Artwork by Tseng Kwong Chi on display at the "Spectrosynthesis ─ Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now" exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (MOCA). Museum of ...

From Innovation to Provocation, China's Artists on a Global Path
Strange to say, although China has 1.4 billion people, it has only one artist, Ai Weiwei. Or so you'd think if you followed the Western news media. “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum wants to correct ...

Behind the scenes of the new Guggenheim show in virtual reality
This week, New York's Guggenheim museum opens "Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World," an exhibition highlighting the experimental and controversial works of more than 70 Chinese collectives and artists, most of which were created between 1989 ...

Sotheby's London Contemporary Art Sales This Week Total $114.1 ...
Sotheby's London Contemporary Art Sales This Week Total $114.1 ...

Treading on Euphemisms for Women
Lin Tianmiao stands out as a woman who gained recognition as an artist early on and remains to this day perhaps the most famous woman artist in China: she has been featured in every major exhibition of Chinese contemporary art in the past twenty years ...

Guggenheim's Much-Contested China Exhibition Holds Up An Unexpected Mirror to America Instead
It almost seems too perfect of a mirror to the Guggenheim Museum's sweeping historical exhibition on contemporary Chinese art in a 20-year span, Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World, which opened today. For many, the show's reputation will ...

Performance artists in China feeling the chill from official disapproval
Madeleine O'Dea, author of a new book on dissident artists in modern China, said the country's contemporary art scene is now experiencing a period of retrenchment. “I definitely feel like things are getting worse and worse,” O'Dea said at a book ...

A 'radical' transformation in China on view in NYC art show
A generation of artists deeply marked by the Tiananmen Square massacre, globalization and the liberalization of China's economy is at the heart of a new ...

A changing China on view in New York art show | Hong Kong Free ...
A changing China on view in New York art show | Hong Kong Free ...

Beijing contemporary art space UCCA sold to Chinese investment group, securing future of 798 Art District landmark
Beijing's Ullens Centre For Contemporary Art has been sold for an undisclosed amount to a group of mainland Chinese investors led by Lunar Capital, a Shanghai-based private equity group, securing its future for now after a nail-biting year since the ...

MBA Entrepreneurs: China's MBAs Are Launching Disruptive Technology Startups
She decided to pursue the 14-month, full-time MBA program at Beijing's Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB). There, she met her two current business partners, launched a new contemporary Chinese art gallery in Beijing, and co-founded an ...

Sold to Investors, Beijing's UCCA Will Now Be a Nonprofit Run by ...
Sold to Investors, Beijing's UCCA Will Now Be a Nonprofit Run by ...

World-Renowned Artist Ai Weiwei on His Childhood in a Labor Camp, Art, Activism, Prison & Freedom
In 2008, after a massive earthquake in Sichuan, China, Ai Weiwei launched a citizen investigation to collect the names of the more than 5,000 schoolchildren who died, partially as a result of the highly shoddy government construction of the schools ...

798's Iconic Ullens Center for Contemporary Art Bought by Investors
798 District's iconic Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) has been for sale for over a year. Now the popular gallery has finally been purchased by a group of prominent Chinese investors who will turn the formerly private company into a foundation ...

Power Station of Art
In 2013, PSA inaugurated the Architecture & City exhibitions and researches, thus becoming China's first contemporary art organization to include urban architecture into its exhibition system. By PSA's 5th Anniversary, it has staged 13 architectural ...

Creative China Festival: A platform for cross-cultural dialogue ...
Creative China Festival: A platform for cross-cultural dialogue ...

Border Crossings
Located in northwestern China, the Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan (moca), which opened in 2015, presents the region's inaugural contemporary art biennial September 9 through December 18. Art+Auction's Sara Roffino checks in with curator Bose ...

immersive incense room opens inside former second world war bunker in berlin
an incense room has opened in berlin, offering visitors the opportunity to take part in one of china's oldest traditions. the room is located inside the feuerle collection, an art museum located in a former second world war telecommunications bunker ...

Faces of China: Over 500 years of portraiture
Portrait painting has a 2000-year-old tradition in China. A Berlin exhibition .... Street art is the ultimate form of democracy according to the curators of the new Museum for Urban Contemporary Art that has just opened in Berlin. But does street art ...

Behind The Guggenheim's “Turn it on: China on Film”: An Interview with Wang Fen and Ai Weiwei
Weiwei told Ms. Munroe that if they wanted to help people further understand China and the history and current state of Chinese contemporary art, showing documentaries about these themes could be a great way. Ms. Munroe loved this idea. So they decided ...

Art and Museums in NYC This Week
ART AND CHINA AFTER 1989: THEATER OF THE WORLD, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (through Jan 7, 2018). New York is still behind the curve in terms of familiarity with the explosion of contemporary art produced in China between the 1989 ...

The Artsy Podcast, No. 52 (Part One): How Globalization Changed China and Its Art
Last month, Artsy spoke with two curators of the Guggenheim's latest exhibition, “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World” about a particular moment in the history of contemporary artists from China. Our conversation took place before the show ...

10 Things to Do in NYC Now
China, Post-Tiananmen and Pre-Olympics. 'Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World,' at the Guggenheim. New York is still behind the curve in terms of familiarity with the explosion of contemporary art in China between the 1989 Tiananmen massacre ...

The Turbulent History of Global Chinese Art
In its catalogue, Alexandra Munroe, the Guggenheim's senior curator of Asian art and senior advisor for global arts, writes that the big show “presents a history of contemporary art from China and the rise of global art discourse” from 1989, the year ...

FIAC 2017 Top 5 Edition Galleries
Five Edition Galleries are taking part in FIAC 2017; one of the greatest international contemporary art fairs awaiting it opening in Paris. The top 5 edition galleries made its way through the FIAC list are: Gallery 8+4, GDM, Florence Loewy, mfc ...

Developing interest among the uninformed is a challenge: Kiran Nadar
Your focus is modern and contemporary art. But in India, folk art and other art forms are dying. Do you plan to support folk ... Today they are ahead in terms of contemporary Chinese art. That's also based on the fact that there are lot more Chinese ...



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