Art In America

Invisible Ink

"Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China," now at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, seems at first to be a long-awaited corrective to Western myopia in regard to Chinese ink painting and calligraphy.

“Outside the Lines: New Art From China”

Twelve artists, all based in Beijing or Shanghai, offer their implicit response to the oft-asked question "what's next in China?" The selections cover a wide range of mediums, including light (Li Hui), stop-action animation (Qiu Anxiong), painting...

A Chinese Biennale?

Based solely on numbers, this year's Venice Biennale could be regarded—with only slight exaggeration—as a giant survey of contemporary Chinese art with some Western work mixed in for balance.

Cui Fei

Artists like Gu Wenda and Xu Bing have made the mystifying use of false Chinese characters a metaphor for the power and limitations of human language. To this Cui Fei, who came to the U.S. in 1996 after graduating from the China Academy of Fine...

Christer Stromholm

Before Nan Goldin's "Ballad of Sexual Dependency" (1986), there was Swedish photographer Christer Strömholm's "Les Amies de Place Blanche," a series of black-and-white photographs, taken between 1959 and 1968, of the transsexual and transvestite...

Global Pros Pick New Chinese Artists

Who's next in China? Ever since the country's first wave of avant-garde artists hit the international scene so forcefully in the early 2000s, that question has been on the mind of critics, curators, dealers and—above all—collectors both in the West...

Sigg Collection Goes to Hong Kong's M+

Ending years of speculation, the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority today announced that the Uli Sigg collection, the world's premier trove of contemporary Chinese art, will go to the M+ museum in Hong Kong. Slated to open in 2017, M+ will...

Half the Sky: Chinese Women Artists in Philadelphia

How do Chinese women see themselves? How do female artists in China represent their private concerns, or register their take on a society undergoing rapid, mind-boggling change? Insights are currently available in Philadelphia, of all places, thanks...

This Weekend Will See Innumerable 9/11 Memorials

The 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks has spurred numerous exhibitions treating the attacks, their global aftermath, the wars that were started in their name and artistic responses to all of the above. While critics might see exploitation...

Photo Manifesto: Ai Weiwei at Asia Society

"In the face of the realities of Chinese culture as a whole, the greatest responsibility of China's intellectuals and artists is to exert every effort at any cost to help the people of China to shed the past and transform into a society of free and...

China's New Normal in Venice

For Venice Biennale visitors, 2011 may mark the first time that Chinese artists are presented as something other than Far Eastern tokens. Not only are an exceptionally large number of participants from the People's Republic on hand, but many are...

The Print and the Pastor

An unlikely friendship has developed over the past five months between Bay Area artist Enrique Chagoya, known for his irreverent political imagery, and Jonathan Wiggins, an evangelical pastor from Loveland, Colorado. This small town made headlines in...

Obama Might Reconsider Official Gift Policy

Imagine President Barack Obama visiting China and being "honored" by the gift of a Leroy Neiman painting of eight recent Chinese premiers—that's pretty much the effect that must have been created today when Obama presented People's Republic President...

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