An underpass in Zhengzhou has quietly become a site of contention over artistic freedom. A photograph of the poem “Momma” by the little-known artist Zhang Boyi, graffitied underneath a Zhengzhou bridge in May, went viral on...
Jun 6, 2023
China’s not-so-new culture cops, now colloquially referred to as wenguan, have gone viral on Weibo amidst concerns over the perceived expansion of China’s police state. Earlier this year, the nationwide establishment of...
Jun 1, 2023
A performance video of “Red Child’s Eighteen Wins,” a January 2023 song by the folk-rock band Slap (耳光乐队, Erguang Yuedui), has been attracting much attention lately on Chinese social media and Chinese Twitter. The folk tune...
May 19, 2023
The (talk) show is over. Comedian Li Haoshi, who made a joke involving the People’s Liberation Army last weekend, has been detained by Beijing police according to a report from BBC’s Chinese news service. As of publication, no...
May 18, 2023
Word(s) of the Week: Forge Exemplary Conduct, Fight to Win (作风优良，能打胜仗 zuòfēng yōuliáng, néngdǎ shèngzhàng) On Saturday at the Century Theater in Beijing, a stand up comic joked that his dogs’ pursuit of squirrels brought to mind...
Hong Kong’s M+ Art Museum Opens Amid Censorship Concerns; Badiucao Withstands Censorship Pressure Abroad
Nov 15, 2021
On Friday, Hong Kong’s new museum of visual culture, M+, made its debut to the public. A two-decade-long, billion-dollar project considered the crown jewel of West Kowloon, it will test the limits of how far the National...
Oct 13, 2011
ArtReview magazine has ranked Ai Weiwei number one in its tenth annual list of “the dancers who’ve spent the past 12 months gyrating around contemporary art’s greasy pole of power”. Ai is only the second...
Feb 16, 2009
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,...
Feb 17, 2008
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...
Feb 15, 2008
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...
Jan 11, 2008
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, […]
Nov 17, 2007
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
Nov 13, 2007
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 […]
Nov 8, 2007
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 Artfact.com 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, […]
Nov 5, 2007
Current.com 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 […]
Sep 25, 2007
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≤Â®òÂ≠êÂÜõ) ballet is one of seven shows that will be put on during a trial of the silver, egg-shaped building designed […]
Sep 23, 2007
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 […]
Sep 22, 2007
Below are two oil painting slideshows, made and uploaded by archlute, via Youtube.
CDT in the News
- Sky News – Chinese state media appears to censor one of its own videos
- The Guardian – Chinese state media censors itself after highlighting poem about corrupt leaders
- ASPI Daily Tech and Cyber Digest – Meta’s ‘biggest single takedown’ removes Chinese influence campaign | Japan’s cyber security agency suffers months-long breach | FBI, partners dismantle Qakbot infrastructure
- Atlantic Council – Chinese discourse power: Capabilities and impact
- VOA – Chinese Social Media Platforms Fail to Control Racism Against Black People: Report