November 10, 2020Mao Yan – famous for his muse portraits
Thomas an exchange student from Luxembourg came to Nanjing, as Mao Yan did to learn Chinese. Arriving in the late 90’s, who knows what he expected, but certainly not to becoming a muse of one of China’s most prominent contemporary painters, Mao Yan.
October 2, 2020Who Is Huang Yuxing?
Barely known outside China, he’s one of the year’s Breakout Art Stars, with paintings already cracking $1 Million. A vibrant work by the Beijing painter was among the priciest works sold by
young artists this year. Who is he?
September 7, 2020Ma Ke Play with Historical References
Chinese artist Ma Ke (b. 1970) uses his paintings as a space in which to compresses his imaginative energy. In his work, fragments build upon one another like a song with layered notes, made by placing sound upon sound.
August 1, 2020Record Price for Zhou Chunya oil painting
Artist Zhou Chunya’ “Spring in Coming” was sold at China Guardian Auctions contemporary Art sale in Beijing for 231 million Yuan (USD 12.45 Million), setting a record price for the artist.
May 30, 2020Wrapping the Arc
Christo’s reputation as the artist that has wrapped up nature, land and buildings in his projects are again furiously working to complete drawings for the next project.
February 6, 2020New X Museum opens in Beijing
Collector Michael Xufu Huang is launching his new museum with a triennial that aims to capture China’s “Millennial Zeitgeist”, featuring 33 artists under the age of 40.
January 15, 2020The Art Market in China is Exploding
After a thriving business at the Shanghai Art Week early November, Shanghai looks set to leapfrog its competitors and become the new art powerhouse in China.
January 10, 2020He Art Museum in Shunde, China
A new private museum has been completed called He Art Museum. The 16,000 Square meter looks modern and lovely and scheduled to open in March 2020. The He family controls the Midea, a Chinese electronic giant growing globally.
November 6, 2019Lucy Liu is painting Art to Find a Sense of Belonging
This past January, Lucy Liu reached a milestone in her art career. The world class actress, director, human rights ambassador and visual artist presented her work in a museum exhibition for the first time.
October 14, 2019Ai Wei Wei exhibition at Kemper Art Museum
Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis in US has recently spent $ 360 million transforming the East End of its campus, gaining a gallery expansion.
September 5, 2019Chinese art world hit by trade wars
The escalating trade wars between China and US resulted in a higher than expected 15% tariff on goods including Chinese made art, antiques arriving in the US (from everywhere) from September 1, 2019.
March 30, 2018H 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.
February 9, 2018Van 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.
October 27, 2017Zeng 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.
June 22, 2017Chinese 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.
June 14, 2017Chinese 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.
June 9, 2017Li 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.
June 7, 2017Forever Bicycles by Ai Wiewei
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.
May 16, 201713th Annual Soverign 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.
April 27, 2017KWM Art Centre, 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.
April 19, 2017The 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.
April 12, 2017Chinese 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.
April 11, 2017Chinese 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.
April 5, 2017Record 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.
March 15, 2017Liu 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.
March 9, 2017Gu 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.
January 17, 2017Top 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.
January 6, 2017Donald 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.
December 29, 2016The Chinese Contemporary Art Award 2016
Uli Sigg created in 1997, the Chinese contemporary Art Award (CCAA) for the first prize to be set up in China for contemporary Chinese art. This year the biannual award recognised three artists with international careers.
November 23, 2016Dai 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.
November 22, 201611th 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.
November 7, 2016Sky Ladder by Cai Guo-Qiang
SKY LADDER is a new documentary on Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang directed by Kevin McDonald, a Scottish filmmaker. The film premiered on Netflix recently and looks at the dynamic practice of Qiang and his rise to the art world success, told from friends, family and himself.
September 16, 2016Zeng Fanzhi exhibition in Beijing
From September 19, through November 19, 2016, Ullen Center in Beijing will host a new solo exhibition called “Parcours” by Zeng Fanzhi.
August 1, 2016Abstraction on Chinese Contemporary Art
White Cube Mason’s Yard in London is currently having a group exhibition titled “The world is yours, as well as ours”, which focus on the work of nine contemporary Chinese artists to explore modes of abstraction in Chinese contemporary painting.
July 19, 2016Chinese Authorities made Ai Weiwei Famous
On a recent interview with the Swiss Newspaper Neue Zurcher Zeitung in conjunction with his exhibition at the Austrian 21er Haus, a contemporary art branch of Vienna Belvedere Museum, in which he declared that the Chinese state made him famous.
June 6, 2016Centre Pompidou appoints Curator Yung Ma
Centre Pompidou has appointed Yung Ma as Curator of the Paris museum’s Contemporary and Prospective Creation Department for 3 years with the aim of expanding and promoting the museum’s focus on Chinese contemporary art.
March 29, 20162016 Asia Arts Award Winners
In conjunction with Art Basel HK last week, Asia Society hosted an awards gala named the Asia Arts Game Changers. Cai Guo-Qiang form China, Nalini Malani from India and Yoshitomo Nara from Japan was recognised for the Asia Arts Awards for their “artistic excellence and contributions to Asian art”. Winners in the past have been Lee Ufan from South Korea, Takashi Murakami from Japan and Nyoman Masriadi from Indonesia.
February 24, 2016Christo’s New project “The Floating Piers”
This blog covers mostly Chinese art news but occasionally I like to inform the readers about other artists. This time it is Christo’s new large-scale project in Lake Iseo in Italy called “The Floating Piers” (http://www.thefloatingpiers.com).
February 17, 2016Ai Weiwei makes another offensive statement
Ai Weiwei has always taken the opportunity to show his opinion on current world events in order to get recognition and appreciation. The latest stunt happened in his new residence city Berlin where he during the Berlin Film Festival decorated the pillars of the venue Berlin Konzerthaus with 14,000 life jackets flown in from the Greek island Lesbos.
February 16, 2016Huron Foundation Exhibit Chinese Ink Art in London
Huron Art Foundation’s first exhibition in London is called “Circle Lines” and celebrates Chinese contemporary art by featuring art works by 15 artists including Qiu Jie, Mao Lizi, Shen Fan and Wang Tiande.
February 4, 2016Chinese Contemporary Artists to follow in 2016
Who is making waves among China’s up-and-coming contemporary artists that are under 40? Of course the answer will differ depending who you ask. Yet, the response still illustrates the wind of China’s vibrant and growing art scene and the difficulty in defining just what is China’s contemporary art today.
January 29, 2016Abstract Art In China
China is something of a newcomer to abstract art, but a new exhibition at the Today Art Museum in Beijing is embracing the work of 16 representative artists in this field. More than 80 artworks are on display at the museum and all created during the past 10 years.
January 27, 2016Wang Guangxi at MOCA in Singapore
The Chinese avant-garde artist Wang Guangxi, a pioneer in the Chinese contemporary art scene, is often referred to as the ‘King of Political Pop” for his “Great Criticism” series, which imposed popular Western capitalism icons onto Communist style revolutionary propaganda posters.
January 8, 2016Ullen Center’s program for 2016
The Ullen Center for contemporary Art in Beijings district 798 has two strong highlights on its calendar for 2016. Firstly, works by the American painter Robert Rauschenberg will run from June to August and will display the 450 meter long composition “The 1/4 Mile”, which he began in 1981 and continued in 1998. The second following attraction is a solo exhibition by Zeng Fanzhi, which is believed to be his largest in scale and most comprehensive in China.
January 7, 2016Ding Yi at The Long Museum
Ding Yi has exclusively created and painted abstract paintings built up of small crosses since the mid-1980s. He recently finalised 10 new paintings, named “Appearances of Crosses 2015″, each almost five meters high for his first solo show at the Long Museum in Shanghai.