Showing posts with label Chinese art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chinese art. Show all posts

Monday, August 29

Ai Weiwei at Galerie Max Hetzler in Paris




Ai Weiwei will have his first solo exhibition in a Parisian gallery this fall when Galerie Max Hetzler presents a range of recent works that underline the Chinese artist’s use of traditional materials, such as wood, porcelain, marble, and jade,  and his ‘appropriation’ of traditional Chinese material and objects.

On view will be “Tree Trunk,” 2015, a continuation of his Tree series that he started in 2009, assembling pieces of wood to form majestic tortuous trees akin to abstract paintings. The four-meter-tall “Tree Trunk” is made in cast iron that has been left to oxidize, giving it a particular red hue.

Contemporary Ink Auction at Sotheby’s Oct 4


Liu Guosong, Blue Moon Landscape
 Demand for contemporary ink artworks has been rising in the last three years and Sotheby’s is dedicating an auction to the subject matter on October 4.


Wednesday, August 24

Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang launches on Netflix October 14



Filmmaker Kevin Macdonald's “Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang” premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and received rave reviews for offering an interesting insight into the world of the Chinese conceptual artist who is best known for his use of gunpowder and fireworks to create spectacularly visual artworks deeply anchored in Chinese traditions.

The documentary will now be launched on Netflix on October 14 and will also open theatrically in New York and Los Angeles.

Sunday, August 21

Shanghai Gears up for PHOTOFAIRS






The third edition of PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai is bringing together 50 international galleries at a time when, according to Christopher Philips of the International Center of Photography in New York, the collecting market for photography in Asia has recently seen an increase in activity, with regional institutions and private collectors alike finally recognizing the importance of photography as an collectable art medium.

Friday, August 19

China Institute Gallery Reopens in Lower Manhattan in September





Having relocated to lower Manhattan, the China Institute is opening its new 50,000-sq. ft. space with an exhibition looking at Chinese culture and its international influences during the Six Dynasties (220‑589), from the end of the Han dynasty to the final conquest of South China by the Sui.

“Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd – 6th Centuries,” opening September 30, will present more than 100 artefacts, primarily from the Nanjing Museum and the Shanxi Provincial Museum.

Monday, August 15

Yuz Museum Shanghai to Mount Overpop Exhibition in September


Wu Di, Killer II (detail), 350x500cm, Mirror Panel & Integrated materials, 2016 Courtesy of the Artist. Photo byJin Jun.
The Yuz Museum in Shanghai is mounting an ambitious exhibition that looks at “What’s now and what’s next,” through the eyes of two curators Jeffrey Deitch, who has been advising Budi Tek, the collector behind the Yuz collection, and Karen Smith, a well-known Chinese contemporary art expert.

Wednesday, August 10

Palazzo Strozzi to Stage Major Ai Weiwei Retrospective in September


There is no stopping the Ai Weiwei machine. This fall, the sought after Chinese artist will take over the entire exhibition space of the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence — the first artist to ever do so — with a series of new works joining a selection of his major previous pieces that will spread from the building’s facade to its courtyard and grand interiors.

Tuesday, April 5

Art Wuzhen Opens with Floating Fish, Wrapped Tree, and Much More



With star headliners like Ai Weiwei, Marina Abramovic, Damien Hirst, Olafur Eliasson, Xu Bing and Song Dong, Art Wuzhen was always going to be an interesting artistic proposition.

Located two hours west of Shanghai, Wuzhen has in recent years started to flex its artistic muscles, first with an annual theater festival in 2013, then with the opening of the Mu Xin Art Museum last year (see story here, and now with a small, but tightly curated international contemporary art exhibition around the theme of “Utopias/Heterotopia.”

Tuesday, September 9

Retracing the Story of Porcelain through Silk Road Trading


For more than a thousand years China provided the world with ceramics often using them as an exchange currency to obtain other goods While the Chinese jealously guarded the secrets to making the prized porcelain, international trade  allowed Chinese craftsman to apply and adapt foreign techniques to their wares like using cobalt-blue glazing from the Middle East and including rich enameling from the Europe. And when China stopped trading with the rest of the world, first in early part of the Ming dynasty and then in 1656–1684 during the Qing dynasty, others stepped in to try to fill the gap in the lucrative trade. 

“China Mania! The Global Passion for Porcelain, 800-1900,” an exhibition now running until December at the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, seeks to examine how trade and cultural exchange helped spread forms, styles, and manufacturing technologies illustrated using over 180 artefacts from the museum’s own collection.

Friday, March 7

13 Questions with Gao Weigang



A golden staircase leading nowhere, shattered fragments of mirror embedded on canvas, these and other works in an exhibition by Chinese artist Gao Weigang will invite visitors to examine their material desires at Espace Louis Vuitton. I talked to the artist ahead of the opening March 12.

Monday, November 11

Gao Xing Jian's Dreamworld in Painting and Film


The door opens onto a black and white landscape, where the silhouette vaguely recalls an ancient temple... or is it a mountain? For Gao Xing Jian, the 2000 Nobel Laureate for Literature and a noted contemporary ink painter, it’s all in the eye of the beholder.

Friday, November 8

$650,000 Teapot Coming up at Bonhams



A rare Yixing stoneware slip-painted and appliqué-decorated ‘lotus’ teapot with the Qianlong seal mark, estimated to be worth between US$650,000-$770,000, will likely be the top lot from a collection of Yixing stoneware teapots and scholar’s objects, going under the hammer at Bonhams Hong Kong on November 24.

Nan Qi Moves from Dots to a 3D vision



Contemporary Chinese ink painter Nan Qi is better known for his dot series of works, each of which has tackled a major issue, in turn focussing on the environment, sexuality, militarism, and consumption. In his latest solo show, now running at Art Plural Gallery until November 23, the artist is moving into a new direction that aims to create 3-D effect artwork using ink as a medium.

Saturday, May 11

Friday, April 5

Sotheby’s HK Scores Mary and George Bloch Snuff Bottle Sale


Sotheby’s Hong Kong has managed a small coup by scooping the latest part in the sale of the famed Mary and George Bloch snuff bottle collection. To date, Bohnams had been auctioning the collection in parts, achieving a full sale at each of their five auctions since 2010.

Christie’s to Auction Imperial Cloisonné Enamel Collection in May

 Christie’s Hong Kong will offer “Reverence and Perfection – Magnificent Imperial Cloisonné Enamels from a Private European Collection,” as part of its spring sales of Chinese ceramics and works of art on May 29.

Wednesday, February 27

DSL Collection Reaches Out to Audiences with Latest Technologies

While some collectors choose to build a private museum to display their collection, Dominique and Sylvain Levy have taken a different tack; they are trying to reach as many people as possible by using the latest technologies to share their collection.