Tag Archives: China

Xu Zhen by MadeIn Company, Under Heaven 3611MQ0137, detail, 2013. Oil on canvas, aluminum; 51 1/5 × 63 × 3 9/10 in (130 × 160 × 10 cm). Courtesy the artists and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA).

Xu Zhen & Armory Focus: China

Xu Zhen & Armory Focus: China

“Armory Focus: China” curator Philip Tinari discusses his selections for this year’s edition at the The Armory Show, including the work of artist Xu Zhen.

Cai Guo-Qiang, "Inopportune: Stage Two," detail, 2004. Tigers: paper mache, plaster, fiberglass, resin, painted hide; arrows: brass, bamboo, feathers; stage prop: styrofoam, wood, canvas, acrylic paint; dmensions variable. Installation view: MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. Collection of the Artist. Courtesy Cai Guo-Qiang.

Reflections on Chinese Contemporary Art: Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, and Cai Guo-Qiang

Reflections on Chinese Contemporary Art: Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, and Cai Guo-Qiang

“Armory Focus: China” curator Philip Tinari discusses artists Ai Weiwei, Cao Fei, and Cai Guo-Qiang.

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Access 100 Artists: Get Involved!

Access 100 Artists: Get Involved!

Art21′s Director of Education, Rosanna Flouty, sends out a call to action. Get involved with our latest initiative, Access 100 Artists, and host a screening!

Production still from the Exclusive video, "Ai Weiwei: New Communication."

Exclusive | Ai Weiwei: New Communication

Exclusive | Ai Weiwei: New Communication

Art21′s latest Exclusive video: in one of his first on-camera interviews following his release from detention in 2011, Ai Weiwei discusses the potential for artists to express themselves online.

Xu Bing. “1st Class,” 2011 (detail). 500,000 “1st Class” cigarettes, adhesive, carpet; dimensions variable; approximately 40 x 15 feet overall. As presented in Xu Bing: Tobacco Project (partial installation view at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield), 2012. Photo: Rick Schwab.  Image courtesy The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT.

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | Contemplating Nicotine: Xu Bing’s “Tobacco Project”

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | Contemplating Nicotine: Xu Bing’s “Tobacco Project”

Sarah Hanley looks at an exhibition of works by Xu Bing that explore the extensive, tangled relationship between human beings and tobacco.

At Occupy Wall Street. Photo by Tricia Van Eck.

What Is To Be Done?* Conversations, Commerce, and Collaborations

What Is To Be Done?* Conversations, Commerce, and Collaborations

Canceled: Exhibiting Experimental Art in China, presented at The Smart Museum of Art in Chicago in 2000, was a metaphorical representation of It’s Me, a 1998 Chinese experimental art exhibition that was …

Xu Bing, "The Living Word," 2001 (partial installation view). Cut and painted acrylic. Courtey The Morgan Library & Museum

On View Now

On View Now | Back to the Future: Xu Bing, “The Living Word,” and the Legacy of 1989

On View Now

On View Now | Back to the Future: Xu Bing, “The Living Word,” and the Legacy of 1989

Perhaps the most seminal and certainly the most seismic moment in the history of Chinese contemporary art transpired at the National Gallery in Beijing in early February 1989.  On the …

Ashley Bickerton, "TITNW7" (detail), acrylic, digital print and plastic laminate on wood, 2010-2011. Courtesy Lehmann Maupin Gallery

On View Now

On View Now | An East Wind Swirls in Chelsea, Lately.

On View Now

On View Now | An East Wind Swirls in Chelsea, Lately.

In his recent show at Lehmann Maupin Gallery in Chelsea, Ashley Bickerton, a founding member of the 1980s “Neo-Geo” movement alongside Jeff Koons and Peter Halley, continued his exploration of …

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EVERYTHING TRANSFORMS

EVERYTHING TRANSFORMS

I first met Maya Kramer at a dinner party she was hosting at her home in one of the tree-lined compounds of the former French Concession in Shanghai. But it …

Glenn Ligon, "Rückenfigur", 2009, Whitney Museum of American Art

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Glenn Ligon, Ai Weiwei and The Art Cops

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Glenn Ligon, Ai Weiwei and The Art Cops

Three things this week… Maika Pollack recently wrote a wonderful review in The New York Observer about the current Glenn Ligon show at the Whitney Museum. As I visited the …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Love Everyone’s Futures

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | Love Everyone’s Futures

The rain finally stopped this past Sunday so that 1001 chairs (or at least a good few hundred of them) could be set up outside Chinese embassies across the globe …

Cao Fei. "PRD Anti-Heroes," 2006. Video still. Multi-media opera, single-channel color video with sound, 2 hours 22 minutes. Courtesy the artist and Lombard-Freid Projects, New York. © Cao Fei.

Cao Fei: “PRD Anti-Heroes”

Cao Fei: “PRD Anti-Heroes”

SUBSCRIBE TO EXCLUSIVE: RSS | ITUNES | YOUTUBE | ARTBABBLE Episode #140: Artist Cao Fei discusses her multi-media theatrical work “PRD Anti-Heroes” (2005), a play performed by non-professional actors. Investigating …

Street view of PiST///. Courtesy PiST///.

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | PiST///

Turkish and Other Delights

Turkish and Other Delights | PiST///

  PiST///Interdisciplinary Art Space is storefront gallery space and artist project co-directed by artists Didem Özbek and Osman Bozkurt. Opened in 2006, PiST/// is located in Istanbul’s Pangaltı neighborhood, a …

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Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Translating Ai Weiwei: Bringing Chinese Social Media Art to the English Twittersphere, Part 2

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Translating Ai Weiwei: Bringing Chinese Social Media Art to the English Twittersphere, Part 2

Ai Weiwei. Sunflower Seeds, 2010. Installation view, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London. Photo courtesy of Aaron Chen. An Xiao follows up on yesterday’s post and continues her discussion with Bird’s …

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Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Art 2.1 | Translating Ai Weiwei: Bringing Chinese Social Media Art to the English Twittersphere, Part 1

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Art 2.1 | Translating Ai Weiwei: Bringing Chinese Social Media Art to the English Twittersphere, Part 1

Artist Ai Weiwei in conversation with Tate Modern curator Katie Hill, October 2010. Photo by An Xiao. This past summer, Jennifer Ng and I launched Bird’s Nest: Ai Weiwei in …

Installation shot of "Effervescent Condition" at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. (Left) Yefeng’s "Battelfield," (right) Sampson’s Dodgedraw on the right, Dodgedraw participant

Flash Points

Effervescent Condition

Flash Points

Effervescent Condition

Effervescent Condition, curated by Fang-Tze Hsu (MA 2010) was the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) contribution to The Power of Copying, a large-scale, international group exhibition held …

Allora & Calzadilla, "Hope Hippo", 2005. Installation view, 51st Venice Biennale. Photo: Giorgio Boata. Courtesy of the artists and Lisson Gallery.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Work by Season 4 duo Allora & Calzadilla is currently on view at the Aspen Art Museum in the exhibition Restless Empathy. The exhibition examines the process of entering the …

Matthew Ritchie,  Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) will host a talk with Season 3 artist Matthew Ritchie and brothers Bryce and Aaron Dessner (of indie rock band The National) on Saturday, …

Mu Li "The Fruits of Blue Lotus Flower"

Some Thoughts on China + Transformation

Some Thoughts on China + Transformation

In the final week of the Transformation series, I’ve asked a number of people with diverse points of view to offer their thoughts on the topic. To kick things off, …

Cao Fei. "A Mirage (COSPlayers Series)," 2004. Digital c-print, 29 1/4 x 39 1/4 inches. © Cao Fei, courtesy the artist and Lombard-Freid Projects, New York.

Flash Points

New Flash Points Topic: Fantasy

Flash Points

New Flash Points Topic: Fantasy

In celebration of the fifth season of Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century, premiering this fall on PBS, the current round of Flash Points topics correspond to our upcoming four thematic …

Martin Puryear, "Untitled I", 2002. Aquatint etching. Ed: 40. Courtesy of Barbara Krakow.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

The Cincinnati Art Museum has announced an exhibition of prints by Season 2 artist Martin Puryear. The show is scheduled to open December 2009.   Barbara Kruger (Season 1) is …

Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled (Portrait of Ross in LA), 1991

Catching Feelings

Catching Feelings

I’ve been trying to ignore all of the panic and mania surrounding swine flu, since as far as I know anxiety has not yet been proven to afford protection against …

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U.S. Embassy in Beijing

U.S. Embassy in Beijing

On the occassion of the 2008 Olympic Games, the new American Embassy in Beijing opened last Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Though not as prominent as the architectural “monuments” of …

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Sound and Vision: A Night with Barry McGee, Japanther, and PAPER RAD

Sound and Vision: A Night with Barry McGee, Japanther, and PAPER RAD

A full roster of public programs accompany Life on Mars, the Carnegie International 2008. On Thursday, July 24th Douglas Fogle, curator of the 55th Carnegie International, will host a conversation …

1968 | 2008

1968 | 2008

This is not the first time that Summer Olympics Games are embroiled in environmental and political controversies. In 1968, Mexico City, with its high altitude containing 30% less oxygen than …

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Jörg Heiser at Austrian Cultural Forum

Jörg Heiser at Austrian Cultural Forum

On Wednesday June 25th at 7:00 p.m., the Goethe-Institut New York and the Austrian Cultural Forum will co-host a conversation between Jörg Heiser and Brian Sholis, editor at Artforum.com. The …

Jeff Koons, 'Tulips,' (2008). Bilbao, Spain

U.S. Embassy Makes Olympic Rings

U.S. Embassy Makes Olympic Rings

These big metallic tulips aren’t just going to be on view in Spain, where they are permanently installed along the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao‘s riverside façade, above. An edition of Tulips …