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Contemporary Chinese Art News 05/2011

Outstanding citizens of 2010
Citizenship affords us all certain rights. Some of those rights, according to the Declaration of Independence, are unalienable. Others, long-ago wrested from tyrants and monarchs, are granted to us by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These rights belong to us all.

Beijing arts community soldiers on without icon
BEIJING—With all that’s been written about the disappearance of the patron saint of Beijing’s arts community and the increasingly challenging environment for free speech in China, it was interesting to see the crowds that turned out this weekend to enjoy an unfettered and uncensored prestigious international annual photography festival.

Guests joining Lisa Ho's A-list
FASHION designer Lisa Ho made all the guests at her show feel like genuine A-listers yesterday.

Ellery on a high
Following her star-spangled Perth trunk show in March, Kym Ellery's Rosemount Australian Fashion Week show today will pack even more celebrity punch with supermodel Jennifer Hawkins taking to the runway.

Ellery show boasts a twist
Fashion weeks are funny things, and so are fashion editors.

'Circle of Animals': Sculptures of a Silenced Artist
Though Ai Weiwei has been detained for more than a month, his voice resounded throughout New York yesterday at an unveiling of his first major public art exhibition.

Famous Chinese artist 'disappears' in Dunedin
Listing information May 14, 2pm, Talk on Chinese contemporary art with Bridie Lonie, of the Dunedin School of Art, at Blue Oyster Project Art Space, 24b Moray Place, Dunedin.

Art auctions making a comeback in Asia
HONG KONG: It has been a good year so far for art auction houses, with giants in Asia seeing a big bounce back in sales.

Sotheby's Announces 2011 First Quarter Results
NEW YORK -- Sotheby's today announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.

Margin Pressure Shows Up In The Most Unexpected Place -- Sotheby's
Auction house Sotheby's missed earnings expectations by $.03/share this evening, although generally the business at the very high end of things is pretty good.

Sotheby's Q1 Sales Up 17%
he international auction house said the first quarter is traditionally a loss period because of the

'Zhu Wei: Utopia'
Tobin Ohashi Gallery Closes June 5 The status of contemporary Chinese art often seems driven by the notion that China is projected to overtake America as the world's leading economy and superpower sometime in the future, combined with the rather naive hope that artistic freedoms will somehow spill over into wider political freedoms.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei absent from 'bitter-sweet' exhibition
He is one of China's most successful and internationally renowned artists -- but at the opening of his latest exhibition "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" in London, the controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was missing.

Detained Chinese artist allowed visit from wife
Ai Weiwei, the detained Chinese artist who five days ago missed the opening of his own exhibition in London, England, was allowed to be visited by his wife on Sunday, his mother told CNN.

Investing in Chinese contemporary art
As Chinese contemporary art sales exceed $3 billion, art industry experts at Macquarie's Greater China conference opine on how to invest in the right artists.

Hong Kong Art Fair Reaches Out Into the World
With 260 participating gallereis, the annual fair is larger than ever, and it's now owned by the group that runs Art Basel.

Chinese Battles for Latour, Art May Push Christie’s to $308 Million Record
A week-long bidding battle for wines, paintings and porcelain starting today may push Christie’s International’s Hong Kong auctions to a record.

Artist places global art dialogue in a Chinese context
At Pitt, Gao Minglu gives scholarly support to a contemporary renaissance.

Going by the block
Universities have been trying to make art appreciation and history more practical by incorporating pragmatic courses, such as technical art history, into their curriculum for some time.

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