Dai Yun’s Bare Reality

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Leo Gallery in Hong Kong is exhibiting the first solo show by Chinese sculptor Dai Yun. His brick sculptures have gained him recognition and it now collected by several museums and collectors. He has also been featured in established magazines such as Chinese Avant-Garde Art 1979-2004.
He uses grey or red bricks and concrete to create contemporary sculptures that have become iconic. It could either be classical figures or daily objects, his usage of bricks bring about a liveliness to his art and that adds to its rich.
The gallery is located at SOHO 189 Art Lane on 189 Queens Road, HK.

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11th Shanghai Biennale

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The title for the Shanghai Biennale 2016 is “Why not ask again” and is on view at the Power station of Art in Shanghai until March, 2017.
The Museum’s huge second-floor atrium i taken over by Nou Sen+MSG moonscape installation The Great Chain of Being – planet trilogy, which consists of a an experimental theatre within a crashed spaceship, video sound and bees.

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The curators Raqa Media Collective welded the title with works by 92 artists and collectives from 40 countries into a intelligent, provocative show that blends many layers revealed by questioning of facts and realities. The group brings visionary speculation to the table, compelling the views to do the same.
The environment for contemporary art in improving and the Shanghai Biennale is a platform for all art to interact. The venue is exciting and enables space for the viewers.

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Sky Ladder by Cai Guo-Qiang

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SKY LADDER is a new documentary on Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang directed by Kevin McDonald, a Scottish filmmaker. The film premiered on Netflix recently and looks at the dynamic practice of Qiang and his rise to the art world success, told from friends, family and himself. Qiang is best known for his explosive performance and works, in which he uses gunpowder and fireworks to paint the sky with smoke and flame. The film itself is named after one such work – perhaps his most ambitious to date (see above). SKY LADDER is a 1,650 foot “ladder of fire” Qiang produced above his hometown.
You can watch the movie on Netflix.

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Zeng Fanzhi exhibition in Beijing

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From September 19, through November 19, 2016, Ullen Center in Beijing will host a new solo exhibition called “Parcours” by Zeng Fanzhi.
This is his first institutional solo show in Beijing curated by Philip Tinari and Guo Xi and branded as his most prolific show held so far. Sixty artworks sourced from collections around the world. The exhibition moves seamlessly from early experiments in realism through a series of muted, masked figures following his arrival on the Beijing scene in the mid-1990s, onward to the strikingly coloured and monumentally scaled canvases that signal his international emergence after 2000, and arriving at the antiquarian serenity of rigorously perceptive works on paper of his own making in the current decade.

Anyone visiting Beijing should not miss this exhibition.

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Abstraction on Chinese Contemporary Art

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White Cube Mason’s Yard in London is currently having a group exhibition titled “The world is yours, as well as ours”, which focus on the work of nine contemporary Chinese artists to explore modes of abstraction in Chinese contemporary painting.
While abstraction in the Western world only began with the age of Modernism, it has been used for longer Chinese art, having developed through the influences of calligraphic aesthetics and Taoist philosophy. This exhibition involves artists from different generations. There can be clear distinction of expression between those born during the 1940-60’s, who are looking at western influence, but still linked to Chinese traditional culture, and those born in the 1970’s onward, whose starting point equals the same generation in the West.
White Cube’s Gallery director in Hong Kong Ms Laura Zhou explains ” Chinese traditions such as Taoism and Zen Buddhism are extremely abstract and refer to nothingness and an emptiness. This can be felt by the artists we show like Youhan, Tang Guo, Qin Yifen and Xhou Li.
Chinese artists do not work under the linear framework of artistic evolution. In this regard, abstraction to them is one of the many parallell styles rather than an independent style. To put it in another way, though what they create is abstract, they never consider themselves as abstract artists.
Jiang Zhi’s above image is taken by inspiration from the “system errors” of a computer screen, rendered in large scale to create complex patterns and forms. His work is very Western in expression but with the inner spirit of Chinese culture.

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Chinese Authorities made Ai Weiwei Famous

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On a recent interview with the Swiss Newspaper Neue Zurcher Zeitung in conjunction with his exhibition at the Austrian 21er Haus, an contemporary art branch of Vienna Belvedere Museum, in which he declared that the Chinese state made him famous. The artist recalled a conversation with the Chinese secret police in which he admitted that with the power that the police represent ” I would never have become what I am today”. However, he denies that it is the only contributing factor to his success but with his sustained criticism of the Chinese state and his treatment by the 81-day imprisonment made him famous. As an activist you should express your opinion through art and not only think of sales at their gallery. But choosing not to speak up is also a political decision. His work deals heavily with the transfer of ideas, ” it is always about communication about events and views, aesthetics play a secondary role in my work”.

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Centre Pompidou appoints Curator Yung Ma

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Centre Pompidou has appointed Yung Ma as Curator of the Paris museum’s Contemporary and Prospective Creation Department for 3 years with the aim of expanding and promoting the museum’s focus on Chinese contemporary art. This is a result from the partnership between the museum and K11 Foundation in Shanghai. He is a curator of contemporary art and previously an Associate Curator at M+ in Hong Kong. He has also curated the HK pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2009 and 2013). His task will be to identifying outstanding young artists from Greater China. The Centre Pompidou is opening more and more to the globalisation and diversity of the world art scenes.
Major Chinese artworks were added to the collection of the Pompidou as recently as May 2015 when five new works by contemporary artists Xu Zhen, Ding Yi, Zhang Enli and Zhao Yang were donated to the museum. This collaboration will definitely elevate a number of programs presenting Chines contemporary art.

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