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...
by Sophia Cao | 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...
by April Dembosky | 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...
by Sophia Cao | 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, […]
by Sophia Cao | 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
by Sophia Cao | 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 […]
by Sophia Cao | 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, […]
by Sophia Cao | 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 […]
by Sophia Cao | 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 […]
by Sophia Cao | 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 […]
by Sophia Cao | Sep 22, 2007
Below are two oil painting slideshows, made and uploaded by archlute, via Youtube.
by Sophia Cao | Sep 21, 2007
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 […]
by Sophia Cao | Sep 18, 2007
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, […]
by Sophia Cao | Sep 5, 2007
From China Daily via China.org: 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 […]
by Sophia Cao | Aug 26, 2007
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 […]
by Sophia Cao | Aug 20, 2007
Below is an introduction video of Chines acrobatics: – See previous Acrobatics video “Chinese Ballet Circus pas de deux troupe du Guangdong” via CDT
by Sophia Cao | Jul 1, 2007
From Virtual China: You want to see a Chinese painting in a different way? See below: This Chinese painting animation (Ê∞¥Â¢®Âä®Áîª) was made by the Shenzhen branch of the Institute of Digital Media Technology (IDMT), which is associated with the Global Digital Creations (GDC). Click here to see the original post on Virtual China.
CDT in the News
- The Philadelphia Inquirer – China steps up online controls with new rule for bloggers
- Mind Matters – For Five Days There Was Free Expression in China
- Hoover Institution – Xiao Qiang On China’s Model Of Digital Authoritarianism
- New York Times – In China, an App Offered Space for Debate. Then the Censors Came.
- Taiwan CNA – China blocks Clubhouse, official media say “anti-China has nothing to do with free speech”