China Agrees to Lend Art to Museum in Taiwan

The New York Times reports on the culture exchange between mainland China and Taiwan: The Palace Museum in Beijing has agreed to lend works of art to the National Palace Museum in Taipei for an exhibition next autumn,...

Video: 798 – Transformation from Factory into Art Hub

A Discovery Channel documentary, now available on YouTube, presents an informative picture of the artistic rebirth of Dashanzi Art District, also known as Factory 798, in northeastern Beijing. : Often compared with New...

New Art Exhibit Explores Chinese Immigration in California

Inspired by a new art exhibit at the California History Society, Michael Krasny talks about the lives of Chinese immigrants in California from the late 1800s until the 1960s on KQED’s Forum. Guests on the Feb. 13, 2008...

“Olympic Fine Arts 2008” Kicks Off – Xinhua

From Xinhua: “Olympic Fine Arts 2008,” a cultural event organized by the International Olympic Committee and Chinese Olympic Committee, kicked off here Thursday morning. The organizers will invite well-known artists from over 80 countries and regions to display their works in the event, whose themes are “Sports and Olympism” and “China, the World.” In addition, […]

Audio: Branding Songzhuang

China’s economy is booming, so is its culture. Jocelyn Ford made an audio report for Studio360 about Songzhuang, located in the suburb of Beijing, where more than one thousand artists live. (Image from Studio360) – Original audio and more culture related audios here

An Artist’s Famous Smile: What Lies Behind It? – Richard Bernstein

Yue Minjun talks about his paintings for the New York Times: Your first reaction upon meeting Yue Minjun might be, yes, it is indeed he! The face with the enigmatic, jaw-breaking grin, perhaps the most recognizable image in contemporary Chinese painting, is a self-portrait. “Yes, it’s me,” Mr. Yue said in a recent interview, and […]

Behind The Smile – Nina P. West

Yue Minjun’s canvas painting “Execution” shone at Sotheby’s in London in October because of its price of $5.9 million. The painting is based on Tiananmen in 1989. From via Forbes: …Since the early 1990s, Minjun’s works, both paintings and sculpture, have featured figures wearing the same facial expression–a wide, oddly enigmatic smile. The eerie, […]

Video: Art Says No to Mao carries Superkiy‘s newly made video “Art Says No to Mao.” Superkiy says that “Chinese contemporary artists are making fun of communism’s sacred cows in the name of art, while over 2200 delegates continue political meetings at the 17th Communist Party Congress in Beijing.” The video illustrates how Chinese artists put their own understandings of […]

Gun-Toting Ballerinas Launch Beijing Arts Complex – Jonathan Watts

From Guardian Unlimited: Ballerinas with machine guns will grace the stage for the first performance at China National Grand Theatre, when the spectacular arts complex opens its doors on Tuesday. The Red Detachment of Women(Á∫¢Ëâ≤®òÂ≠êÂÜõ) ballet is one of seven shows that will be put on during a trial of the silver, egg-shaped building designed […]

China is Coming – Rufus Foshee

From Knox County Times: Keeping pace in modern technology has prevented contemporary Chinese artists from dying before the West learned of them.No wonder the stock market is lagging, and the money is being invested in Chinese art. On June 21 at Sotheby’s, Chinese artists, which most will not have heard of, set records. Yue Minjun’s […]

The Art of Trade – Lisa Movius

From the Wall Street Journal: When people talk about the “dirtier” side of China’s economic development they usually mean air and water pollution. But there’s more to it than that, as a gallery show currently on in Shanghai demonstrates. Liu Jianhua is a sculptor who first caught the art world’s attention in the mid 1990s […]

Chinese Art, in One Man’s Translation – Holland Cotter

From the New York Times: When the exhibition “Inside Out: New Chinese Art” opened at Asia Society and P.S. 1 in 1998, it caused a stir because it both did and did not meet expectations of contemporary art from China. The show had plenty of Mao portraits, but they came with jokes: Mao behind bars, […]

A Lonely Legacy of Pan Yuliang – China Daily

From China Daily via In a biopic released in 1994, Gong Li played Pan Yuliang, the late female painter known in China more for her legendry life than her artistic achievements. The scene that she sketched in a public bathroom caused a big stir in China then. Nine years later, another beautiful actress, Michele […]

A Cultural Revolution – Alexandra A. Seno

Alexandra A. Seno writes about China’s art revolution and patriotic works, from MSNBC: Revolution is sweeping China’s art world. In recent months, paintings extolling the communist victory of 1949 have emerged as the hottest genre in one of the world’s most exuberant art scenes. With an economy growing at some 11 percent a year and […]

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