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“Lin has managed, through wit and a visionary interpretation of speech, to create a low-relief sculpture that refers simultaneously to American political and artistic history.”
Lin Yan will be discussing her work at the China Institute on Tuesday March 10th. For more info click here
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ChinaSquare Gallery is proud to present YOUTH, a group exhibition featuring 8 young artists, Cai Weidong 蔡衛東, Guo Junfeng 郭俊峰, He Jie 何杰 , He Ju 何炬, Liu Bin 劉濱, Wu Jifeng 吳繼峰 , Yang Jing 楊靜, and Zhao Bo 趙博. From Cai Weidong’s use of the nude to Zhao Bao’s landscapes of solitude, YOUTH showcases China’s up and coming talent. Youth will be on view from January 6 to 31. A fully illustrated brochure accompanies the exhibition. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
PORTRAITS OF EMPTINESS: Xu Weixin‘s Narrative of Post-Maoist China
Curated by Robert C. Morgan
Please join ChinaSquare Gallery and Xu Weixin in celebrating the artist’s American debut at an opening reception on November 6th from 6-10 pm.
Xu Weixin‘s examination of the Cultural Revolution is a milestone in Chinese art. Xu‘s monumental portraits force the viewer to challenge the conventional wisdom of forgetting the Cultural Revolution, ultimately making one acknowledge, confront, and reflect on such events. The much acclaimed series, Chinese Historical Figures, 1966-1976, rendered in black and white, portrays the revolution’s chaos both openly and honestly, contrasting the bright glowing faces of propaganda art. Also displayed in Portraits of Emptiness is work from Xu‘s Chronicle of Chinese Mining series which reveals and ponders humanitarian concerns. Xu sheds light on those who are overlooked, focusing on the everyday individuals, giving a voice to those who are otherwise lost to the collective mass.
Xu Weixin, arguably the leading realist painter in China, was born in Urumuqi in 1958. A graduate of Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts and the Zhejiang Academy of Art, he is now a professor at the Xu Beihong School of Arts at Renmin University. He has been featured in numerous museum shows including the Shanghai Art Museum, Beijing’s Today Art Museum and the National Art Museum of China.
ChinaSquare held an opening for the Cui Guotai exhibition on Thursday, October 2, 2008.
“Art, it seems, can only do so much; and while it is hard to correctly read Su’s subversive views, he suggests that China’s great leap forward is not so remarkable as it seems. Dissonance wins out; as curator Judd Tully points out in his incisive essay, ‘It’s all very strange.’ The brutalized features of those sharing in the toast intimate violence, but at whose behest we don’t know.” – Excerpt from Jonathan Goodman’s review for ArtCritical.com
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“Yet greeting visitors at ‘Art and China’s Revolution’ is ‘New Mao’ (2003), a grouping of three larger-than-life stainless-steel figurines of Mao, each with his arm raised and standing on a pedestal. Created by Chinese artist Qu Guangci (b. 1969), the figures are bland, illustrative likenesses, shining, highly polished, cookie-cutter sculptures, à la Jeff Koons, that were inspired by officially sanctioned Cult-of-Mao statues — a ‘New Mao’ that, like the old Mao, has no aesthetic merit.” – NY Sun
You can also see one of Guanci’s six “New Mao”s right now at ChinaSquare gallery.
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