Contemporary Chinese Works on Paper
The Waterfront Gallery, UCS, Ipswich: 7 July to 2 August 2016
Chen Yan | Li Changlong | Li Xiaoqian | Yu Aijun | Zhang Lei | Zang Xiatao | Chu Shaowei | Guo Tao | Guo Zichun | Yang Feng | Yang Shuangqing | Yao Zhihui | Zhou Chaowei | Zhou Zhonming | Cai Xiaohua | Wang Yigang | Dong Zhong | Lui Xijie | Yu Cun | Kumi Usui | Hou Zhuowu | He Dan | Wu ShuNong | Cai Longfei | Gao Hao | Gu Xiang | He Tianqi | He Yating | Hu Zuhao | Jiao Ye | Li Ma | Liao Zongrong | Liu De | Su Jie | Sunlei | Wang Chao | Wang Fenghua | Zhang Danni | Zhao Jia | Zhong Xiaojing
A series of delicate works on paper by 40 living artists from China. These give a snapshot of the current work and concerns for those living through one of the greatest social upheavals in modern times.
Notes from China
The Minories, Colchester: 5 March to 16 April 2016
The Crypt, St Marylebone, London: 3 to 31 October 2016
Cai Longfei | Gao Hao |Gu Xiang | He Tianqi | He Yating | Hu Zuhao | Jiao Ye | Li Ma | Liao Zongrong Liu De | Su Jie | Sunlei | Wang Chao | Wang Fenghua | Zhang Danni | Zhao Jia | Zhong Xiaojing
A series of delicate works on paper by 17 living artists from China. Spanning three generations, this intimate show gives a snap-shot of the development of very personal art practices.
Co-curated by Robert Priseman, Mengmeng Wang & Marco Cali
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Contemporary British Drawing
Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, December 2015
While Western contemporary art in general is now quite frequently shown in China, this is the first show devoted specifically to contemporary drawing from Britain and represents a very interesting area for fresh investigation. Traditional European drawing has been a foundation of Chinese academic study from the Renaissance through to Impressionism and up to Soviet Social Realism. In contrast, the study of developments in Western drawing since the beginning of the 20th century, especially after the second world war has been left almost blank. Therefore this show will provide a rare opportunity for the Chinese public to discover the diversity and depth of Western drawing today. The definition of drawing in the West has become more dynamic and conceptualised than ever. The aim of this exhibition is that it might encourage a wider discussion and an exciting dialogue on the subject of drawing between China and the West.
British artists have been a driving force for art across the globe since the end of the 20th century. British Drawing can be seen as a specific aspect of British creativity. At the request of Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, we have especially included in the show two pieces by the iconic British masters Lucian Freud and David Hockney, who both had a considerable impact on the development of Chinese academic practice since China opened its doors to the West in 1978. However, more importantly for the aim of this exhibition is to bring to the Chinese public for the first time a collection of the most recent drawings by British artists.
Along with co-curator Marco Cali, we hope the show may raise the awareness for the new possibilities of drawing at an educational level and for art in general and that it might open up a dialogue that reaches beyond cultural, ideological or institutional differences. I wish to sincerely thank Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts for having given us the opportunity to realize this exhibition, and express my gratitude to all the friends in Britain for their tremendous support, and without whose enthusiasm and professionalism we would not have this wonderful show.
From Holbein to Hockney.
An introduction to the story of British drawing and painting, by Rober Priseman.
Xi'an Academy of Fine Art
Wednesday 2nd December 2015
A Visiting Fellow to the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, Robert Priseman is a painter, curator and writer whose projects include No Human Way to Kill, SUMAC, The Francis Bacon Interiors, Nazi Gas Chambers: From Memory to History and Fame. Robert Priseman is the founder and Director of Contemporary British Painting.