Category Archives: Chinese Contemporary

Guan Zeju – ‘Effort and Single-Minded Focus”

“As a teenager, people called (Guan Zeju) the “painting ox” for his single-minded focus, both in Western and in traditional Chinese modes of expression. Again and again, when he is asked about his experiences, his birth in 1941 in a … Continue reading

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Ai Weiwei – The In-itself to become the other

Ai Weiwei & Serge Spitzer. Ghost Valley Coming Down the Mountain. 2005-06. The In-Itself to become the Other Ai Weiwei plays with spatial specificity in this postminimalistic conceptual installation. The repetition of forms, especially of a traditional Chinese art form, … Continue reading

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Ai Weiwei – Han dynasty urn, shattered symbolism

“From 1978 onward, Ai Weiwei manifested himself in the Beijing art world as a member of the artists association called Xingxing (the Stars). When they disbanded in 1983, he settled in New York. In 1993 he returned to Beijing, and … Continue reading

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Ai Weiwei “It’s not a bird’s nest”

“…Ai Weiwei, China’s leading art provocateur. He grew up in a labor camp during the heyday of the Cultural Revolution, but has since witnessed his country’s rise to the pinnacle of capitalist greed. He moved to New York in 1981, … Continue reading

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