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H Queen's in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s shiny new gallery hub is H Queen’s with 24 storeys that tower above Queens Road in Central HK. Seven galleries have already moved in to their respective spaces prior to Art Basel HK fair including Pace, Pearl Lam, David Zwirner, Tang contemporary and Whitestone Gallery to name a few. A roof crane is needed to install large works when that does not fit in the narrow elevators. Impressive to have a complete new building dedicated to gallery space in one of the most expensive cities in the world when it comes to real estate. Should not be missed on your next trip to HK!

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Daniel Brostrom
Van Gogh's celebrated

Chinese artist Zeng Fanzhi is an admirer of Vincent van Gogh and created a series of vibrant paintings for a special exhibition at Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, as previously informed. The exhibition finish end of February 2018. It display 5 works whereof 3 portraits of Van Gogh. His style, appearance and personality are united in this many self-portraits and Zeng replicated the Dutch artist’s works before covering them with his own, distinctive , swirling lines.

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Zeng Fanzhi re-invents Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh is a master and now China’s most famous artist is taking the challenge to re-create some of Van Gogh’s most iconic self-portraits and paintings. This new exhibition at van Gogh’s museum opened in Amsterdam and runs until February 25, 2018 and in a unique fusion presents a series of striking paintings that lend a fresh energy and vibrancy to the Dutch artist’s work.

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Daniel Brostrom
Chinese Artist at Art Basel

Hao Liang was shown at Beijing’s Vitamin Gallery’s booth at Art Basel and his exquisite painting resembles a treasure from the golden age of Chinese art history – but it is not what it seems. This painting was made by a rising star of contemporary art, Hao Liang. While other artists of his generation have been experimenting with the latest technologies, abstract and avant-garde approaches, Hao has dedicated himself to absorbing techniques from Chinese art history.

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Chinese Artist is the Biggest-selling at Auction

Few people in the art world would know the answer to “Who is the biggest-selling artist at auction? But works by “Zhang Daqian”, who died in 1983 generated $ 354.8 million in auction sales last year. That is $31 million more than Picasso who is second according to French database Artprice. Last week at Christie’s sale in Hong Kong a 1965 “splashed ink” scroll painting ”Ancient Temples Amidst Clouds” sold to a telephone bidder for # 13.3 million. Days earlier another modernist painter Zai Hou-Ki who spent most of his working life in France sold a work for $ 19.6 million against an estimate of $5 million. Both originates from a French family collection since 1969.

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Li Jin's Food Journey in America

Li Jin is a Chinese artist known for his sharp simple works placing people, places, food and wine, during his travelling adventures. Earlier this year, Li embarked on a road trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and later to New York. Yesterday an exhibition of 40 ink on paper paintings and two bronze sculptures inspired by his experiences from his journey opens at Sotheby’s S2 Gallery in LA. He explains ” as a Chinese artist observing the American way of life, I used the medium of ink to express this fresh and exotic feeling. I have painted myself in the works along with things I love, like delicious food, beautiful women and good wine”. Sounds like a positive source of energy.

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"Forever Bicycles" by Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei sculpture “Forever Bicycles” is on display at the mouth Walles Creek at Lady Bird Lake as from Monday June 5, 2017. The sculpture from the Chinese artist and activist is made from 1,200 bicycles. The work is presented as part of the contemporary Austin’s Museum without wall program and the Waller Creek Conservancy. This has for natural reasons been a popular subject on Instagram, the photo sharing application.

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13th Annual Sovereign Asian Art Prize to Li Hongbo

The winner of the 13th annual Sovereign Asian Art Prize has been awarded Li Hongbo. The Chinese artist won Asia’s longest established award for Contemporary art with a sculpture titled “Desire”, making him the first artist to win the Prize for a 3D work. “Desire” consists of a knife with a series of delicately carved silhouettes of running figures extending from the blade, with each figure following each other in a line. The artist was chosen as a winner among over 300 participating artists.

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KWM Art Center, Beijing shows Ye Yongqing

KWM Art Center in Beijing presents a solo exhibition by Ye Yongqing entitled “Paper Chase – Presents from Rauschenberg until end of June 2017. It includes over eighty works on paper which covers 20 years of Ye Yongqing’s creative production. Of these there will be 29 works created on a special edition paper manufactured by American Artist Robert Rauschenberg in China 1982. The artist believes that as paper is easily operable it carries connotations of freedom; especially in ancient China.

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The CEO of Ullens Center in Beijing leaves

The CEO, May Xue, at Beijing Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) located in the 798 district, is stepping down as from April 20th. The museum has been for sale by the present owners, collector Guy and Myriam Ullens for a while, but no potential buyers have been found. May plans to join another high-profile, privately-funded art initiative in China called K11 Art Foundation based in Shanghai. However her role is more to look after the foundations forthcoming Beijing “Kunsthalle” space, located close to the new K11 art mall, which opens in 2019.

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Chinese Ink Artist Peng Wei at Suzhou Museum

The Suzhou Museum Contemporary Art Gallery became the stage for Peng Wei ethereal timeless ink artwork around the architectural surroundings, playing in perfect harmony. Her latest solo exhibition is named ” I Thought of You”. The show features over 50 works, created by the artist during the last five years. Peng Wei’s career started in year 2000 with works entitled “Stone”. It followed with other series named “Shoe’, (above) “Robe”, Painter installation “, “Letters from a distance”, and Shan-Yuan.

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Chinese artist Ai Weiwei visits Qatar

Well known Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is visiting Qatar this week to experience the country’s flourishing arts and culture scene. Qatar Museum is committed to bring established creative artists to the country to inspire generations of indigenous talent. He will visits most museums and art institutions and he will explore many of then country’s notable and recognisable public art projects, including the striking sculpture East-West / West -East by Richard Serra, located in Zekreet.

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Record price of Western Art in Asia

Hong Kong recently had their Art week with Art Basel HK and Art Central attracting over 60,000 visitors. It was a huge success and the visible trend of more modern art than contemporary art. Perhaps a direction from the organisers. The mix is definitely good and educational for Asia as the art market is getting more and more global. Hopefully we will then also see more Asian art in Art Basel, Basel and Art Basel Miami.

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Liu Di at Pekin Fine Arts

Liu Di (85) has a solo exhibition at Pekin Fine arts in Beijing titled “Break with Conversation” and will continue until April 29, 2017. Di’s latest works are on display and focus on the themes long pursued in his photo works by critiquing the conflicting relationship between nature and human society. Using subtle humor and science-fiction (like the enlarged animals a few years ago), the artist pay homage to traditional landscape photography and nature photography. His aim is to break the stereotypes and bring awareness.

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Gu Wenda at Shanghai M21 Museum

Launched on november 10, 2016 and running at Shanghai Minzheng Art Museum, Gu Wenda “Journey to the West” features some of the artists major works, almost like a retrospective exhibition, with his ink art from the 1980’s to present, as well as installation, documentary and performance.

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Top Selling Living Chinese Artists

The Global Chinese Art Auction Market report, compiled by Artnet and the China Association of Auctioneers asserts that overseas sales of of Chinese art has more than quadrupled since 2009. At the heart of the surging interest in Chinese contemporary art is, naturally, the artists themselves. China’s artistic styles are so rich and varied as the culture and generation from they emerge. Based on the auction total sales the top ten selling living Chinese artists are the following:

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Donald Trump Rooster Sculpture

The first funny art creation of 2017 would seem to be China’s 23-foot-tall Donald Trump-like rooster sculpture, welcoming the year of the rooster on January 28th. It is designed by Seattle based illustrator and animator Casey Latiolais in honour of the Chinese zodiac.

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Dai Yun’s Bare Reality

Leo Gallery in Hong Kong is exhibiting the first solo show by Chinese sculptor Dai Yun. His brick sculptures have gained him recognition and it now collected by several museums and collectors. He has also been featured in established magazines such as Chinese Avant-Garde Art 1979-2004.

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11th Shanghai Biennale

The title for the Shanghai Biennale 2016 is “Why not ask again” and is on view at the Power station of Art in Shanghai until March, 2017. The Museum’s huge second-floor atrium i taken over by Nou Sen+MSG moonscape installation The Great Chain of Being – planet trilogy, which consists of a an experimental theatre within a crashed spaceship, video sound and bees.

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