Focus Aisa: Beyond Geography at Art Toronto 2012

Focus ASIA: Beyond Geography                                                         ART TORONTO Curated by Katherine Don and Shengtian Zheng                           October 26-29, 2012    BEYOND GEOGRAPHY Art has a way of charting new directions and ways of seeing the world. Beyond Geography is a display of art works and installations that respond to this year’s Focus Asia theme.  The constant references to East versus West in artistic explorations is often part of the paradigm for contemporary artists based in Asia creating work for an international audience.  Yet cultural heritage often plays no role in the artistic process and rather is a reflection of our dynamic global world today. Read More »

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Kan Xuan: Millet Mounds at UCCA

Sep 15, 2012 – Nov 10, 2012
798 Art District

KAN XUAN: MILLET MOUNDS is at once a meditation on China’s imperial past and a broad survey of its present, in the form of 173 stop-action videos, each of which unfolds before one of China’s known extant imperial tombs. The largest and most significant project by leading female artist Kan Xuan (b. 1972) to date, MILLET MOUNDS is the result of over 100 days and 28,000 kilometers of continuous, on-the-road research and shooting with a crew of four in early 2012. Kan Xuan’s lens claims, catalogues, and personalizes a centuries-long lineage of history and power.
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Weekend Round-up

Beijing Weekend Round-up(September 2012)

After Summer, a lot of galleries begin to present new and good exhibitions for art lovers.

798 Art District:

LongMarch Space: Liu Wei solo exhibition (Sep 1 – Oct 7)
Beijing Commune: Xie Molin solo exhibition (Sep 1 – Oct 13)
Aura Gallery: Shayo _ Kitai Kazuo solo exhibition (Aug 25 – Sep 25)
Galleria Continua:Facing walls, Opening windows_group exhibition (Sep 1 – Oct 28)
Boers-Li Gallery: Transitional Room _ Chen Yujun solo exhibition (Aug 31 – Oct 14)

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Bound Unbound: Lin Tianmiao solo exhibition at Asia Society(NY)

September 7, 2012 -  January 20,2013
Asia Society
New York

Asia Society Museum will presents the first major solo exhibition in the United States of leading Chinese artist Lin Tianmiao (born 1961, China). Surveying the past 20 years, this exhibition highlights the remarkably consistent focus on women’s issues that is subtly embodied in her work.
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Forbes.com: Warning signs for fraud encourage a more art savvy market

This recent Forbes.com article by contributor Abigal Esman articulates fundamental problems in China’s art market: an over-invested and speculative market giving rise to opportunistic buyers using the auction house for fixing price trends as well as corrupted dealers creating fakes and fraudulent art pieces (ranging from antiques, ceramics and traditional ink paintings.) This is a warning, and admittedly common sense, for anyone entering a market without knowing exactly what one is looking at or collecting.
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NYTimes: Art World Unnerved by China’s Detention of Two

The drama continues regarding investigations in China related to contemporary art imports and exports. In a similar Ai Weiwei-detention fashion (China’s provacateur artist and human rights advocate), “Nils Jennrich and Lydia Chu, employees of the art-handling company Integrated Fine Art Solutions, languish in a Beijing jail on suspicion of smuggling, a crime normally associated with the illegal importation of drugs or arms. The charges carry a maximum of a life sentence.” Since December 2011, a “campaign was set in motion by recent tax law changes designed to standardize what had been arbitrary customs levies on sculptures, paintings and other works of art, as well as antiques and collectibles bought overseas.” (Caixin.com) Since April 2012, charges of tax evasion made by the General Administration of Customs resulted in detainment of He Juxing, curator of the Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai and the Yanhuang Art Museum in Beijing, and Huang Yujie, chairman of the Beijing Bangwen Modern Art Investment Co.

“Kill the chicken to scare the monkey,” says Nancy Murphy, a lawyer at JT&N, who represents the Jennrich family, who suggests that the detainment of Jennrich and Chu is merely sending a message to bigger players in the international art scene.

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Credit Suisse: Innovation In Art Series Seeker of Hope: Works by Jia Aili at Singapore Art Museum

6 July to 23 September 2012
Singapore Art Museum

Jia Aili, Old Painter I, 2008-2009, oil on canvas, 229 x 400 cm, Singapore Art Museum collection

The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) is  presenting the exhibition of works by Jia Aili, whose paintings are a reflection on the dramatic changes in Chinese society after 2000. Seeker of Hope: Works by Jia Aili will showcase Jia’s works ranging from monumental oil paintings and installations, to delicate paper works.

Born in a time of open economy and increasing prosperity in China, Jia Aili represents a young generation worried about losing age old traditions and values in a fast evolving world, questioning the true meaning of life.

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Li Qing : Interweaving at Hanart TZ Gallery

Showcase of Natural Science #1 (Partial Installation),2012, Mixed media installation, 170 x 164 x 86 cm,Courtesy of Hanart TZ Gallery

June 20 – Aug 26 2012
Hanart TZ Gallery
Hong Kong

The theme of Li Qing’s latest exhibition explores issues raised by clothing: the manufacturing of clothes, weaving as creativity and resistance, the social symbolism and civilizing effects of clothing. The artist’s ruminations on the subject drift across selected historical artworks, period photographic images and current realities of China’s export-based economy. The references bring together distant cultures and stretch across temporal epochs; this presents a puzzling pastiche that the artist seems to delight in.

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