Art in China and by Chinese artists

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Lin Yilin – Safely Maneuvering Across Lin He Road

Lin Yilin needs no introductions in the world of performance art. As one of the most well-known Chinese artists, Yilin has made a name for himself for his contemporary interventions and performance pieces that often criticize China’s extreme urbanization, modernization, commercial globalization, as well as its geopolitical conflicts. Lin was born in Guangzhou, China, and …

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Xu Zhen’s In just a blink of an eye – Defying the laws of physics?

Have you ever seen one of those perfectly timed photos that capture the exact moment someone begins to fall on their bum? With modern technology, it is not hard to capture that “perfect moment”. However, capturing that “perfect moment” in a live performance is nearly impossible; unless you are Xu Zhen. Chinese artist Xu Zhen …

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Chen Wenling’s bull fart sculpture – What you see might not be real

The Bull Fart Sculpture was exhibited in a Beijing art gallery in 2009 by celebrated Chinese artist Chen Wenling. Chen titled the work What You See Might Not Be Real to take an in-depth look at the international financial crisis that the world was grappling with at the time. Chen created the farting bull to …

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Potemkin villages by Gregor Sailer – These are fake towns

Gregor Sailer is an Austrian photographer born in 1980. He is known the world over for his architectural photographs. His most remarkable work is the Potemkin Village, in which he pairs together a couple of ‘fakes’ to create cities and towns. Gregor was educated in Austria and Germany, where he specialized in architectural photography. Since …

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Olafur Eliasson’s fascinating colorful haze installation in Beijing

Feelings Are Facts was created as a result of a collaboration between Danish artist Olafur Eliasson and Beijing-based architect Ma Yansong of MAD studio. Feelings Are Facts was constructed within one of the rooms at the UCCA galleries. It measured approximately 60m by 20m and featured a moderately slanted floor that progressively became steeper at …

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Zeng Fanzhi’s Last supper – One of China’s most expensive paintings

Zeng Fanzhi’s The Last Supper is one of the most noteworthy Asian contemporary pieces of art. Throughout his career, Zeng Fanzhi has been working to make Chinese art more popular. His artwork is known for offering an honest critique of the contemporary Chinese lifestyle while creating a much-needed dialogue between Eastern and Western philosophies. His …

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Who is photographer Li Wei?

Li Wei’s work is anything but cautious or wary. In fact, it can be described as peculiar or quirky, depending on your perception of life. Characterized by bodies that are often positioned in near-impossible angles, such as buried in windscreens and toppling off skyscrapers, Li Wei’s bizarre works are distinctive. Li Wei was born to …

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Huaxi is China’s richest village. Shi Yangkun took these photos

At the middle of the 1980s the collectivization process ended up failing in China. But even so, there are repercussions to deal with and the countryside in particular still retains some of the ideas such as individualism, privatization or marketization. There are villages like Huaxi, Nanjie or Dazhai that continue to be collectivized. This is …

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Dansaekhwa: Korean monochrome painting: Everything you need to know

Dansaekhwa is an art movement born in South Korea in the 1970s. The pioneers of Dansaekhwa are born between 1913 and 1936 and avoided any reference to Western realism in their works, creating primarily monochrome and minimalist paintings. Dansaekhwa or Tansaekhwa is a term used to refer to a loose grouping of paintings that originated …

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Do Yue Minjun’s self portraits make you laugh?

Yue Minjun’s style is easily be recognized. His self-portrait oil paintings depict himself in vivid colors while grinning with his mouth gaping. An oxymoron of sorts, the self-portraits evoke feelings of sympathy as well as humor. The depictions of himself in various poses laughing draw numerous diverse interpretations. However, the general consensus is that while …

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Huang Yong Ping created the longest snakes you have ever seen

A massive snake in real life? Absolutely frightening. A massive snake skeleton, aluminum and stainless steel structure, on the other hand? Absolutely exciting and awe-inspiring. Such is the Chinese-French artist Huang Yong Ping’s unique aluminum snake sculpture, an installation he dubbed Ressort. Designed and installed in 2012 for the Queensland Art Gallery in Australia, this …

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