Its been a busy week in the arts, here are the more interesting stories of note…
* Singapore’s “New Contemporary Art Centre” will open in Beijing later this year, in Songzhuang.
“Songzhuang is considered to be the epicentre of Chinese contemporary art where some 1,500 artists, including internationally renowned artists like Fang Lijun and Yue Minjun, live and work, and meet regularly to discuss the latest developments in contemporary art.”
*There’s a good article here about Russian artist Rodchenko.
*Straight.com got all gushy about Beijing’s 798 art district, you can read it here. Definitely worth a read once you get past the usual stuff.
“The liberalizing policies that altered the Chinese economy also altered the government’s view of what was permissible in a post–Tiananmen Square world. The strictures of 20th-century socialist realism were jettisoned, and the 798 Art Zone was born amid artist-run fetish nights, Mao-as-a-pig sculptures, photos of full frontal nudity, and shock-art performances. The artists waited for the authorities to intervene. Were there limits to self-expression in this new China?”
*Reuters are now getting excited again.….about high prices for Chinese art.
“Now, amid global stock market turmoil, investors are scouring the region’s art for the next big windfall, hoping nouveau riche Chinese and Indian entrepreneurs will help pump up prices by stepping into a realm previously dominated by serious collectors.
“Chinese art is now viewed as another commodity to invest in,” said Anthony Lin, a Hong Kong-based art consultant who used to be the chairman of Christie’s Asia.
“There’s been between a 10-to-60-fold price increase in the past few years which is quite spectacular. India is slightly below, but it’s also amazing.”"
* Feng Zhenjie has donated some work to Singapore Art Museum.
* You can have a look at some Beijing artists abroad with Galerie Urs Meile.
*A big problem for Chinese art in Pittsburgh, according to this article:
“Pittsburghers, it seems, are not paying attention. An exhibition organized by University of Pittsburgh art history professor Josienne N. Piller that opened in the fall of 2004 titled “Out of Time, Out of Place, Out of China” featured works by Chinese contemporary art heavyweights Xu Bing and Wenda Gu, among others. It was received warmly, but only among a small group of cognoscenti, most of whom were academics.”
*In other news….there is a good review of an Orkney island gallery here, Sports Illustrated have put all their models online- read about it here,
Vincent van Gogh’s letters to another artist here, and Sotheby’s have put a new video online here discussing contemporary art.