Archive for October, 2014

Xu Zhen solo exhibition curated by Philip Tinari in Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

Xu Zhen solo exhibition curated by Philip Tinari in Ullens Center for Contemporary Art,
Beijing, China (January-April 2014).

Coming of age in the underground art scene of the late 1990s, Xu Zhen (b. 1977, Shanghai) began showing in artist-organized exhibitions close to home and national surveys abroad. From the beginning, his work has turned on a stark humor borne of alternate amusement and shock at contemporary society’s special combination of knowing sophistication, residual certainty, and willful ignorance. In a gesture representative of his early practice, the video Shouting shows a passing crowd cycle through shock into dismissal at the uncanny sound of a pained human scream. A few years later, at the invitation of the Shanghai Biennale, he sped up the hands of the clock at the top of the colonial racing club which then housed the museum so that hours passed in seconds.

In the years after 2000, his aesthetic metabolism expanded alongside his systemic role, and Xu Zhen evolved from a lone artistic practitioner into a multi-dimensional figure: curator, organizer, spokesman, webmaster. During the pre-Olympic years when the Chinese art system and market saw the most dizzying growth, his artistic projects grew into ever more elaborate, winking simulacra: cutting the peak off of Mount Everest and exhibiting the result in a gallery, creating a full-size supermarket selling only empty packaging, restaging a controversial news photograph of a starving Sudanese child in a sprawling tableau vivant.

By 2009, frustrated with the overdetermined role of the singular artist in a larger system of cultural production and circulation, Xu Zhen shifted gears and began working under the alias of MadeIn Company, an enterprise of his founding dedicated to “contemporary cultural creation.” MadeIn’s various products—tapestry paintings combining disparate political cartoon characters, a set of cultural calisthenics inspired by an archetypal global spirituality, a “group exhibition” of works by fictional Middle Eastern artists built from a bank of the most obvious symbols—poked fun at tired ideas by hinting at new, absurd possibilities. Consistent throughout is an urge to lay bare the persistent clunkiness of our dearest discourses and dichotomies, as perfectly embodied by the sculpture at the center of this exhibition, in which a bodhisattva from the Tianlongshan grottoes meets the Winged Victory of Samothrace in a head-to-head staging of East meets West.
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Sold! In China from Jonah Kessel

Sold! In China from Jonah Kessel.

For the New York Times

Sold! In China is part of the New York Times’ series “A Culture of Bidding” examining the growing art market in China. This video profiles the Shanghai financier Liu Yiqian, who went from taxi driver to multimillionaire. He is also one of China’s most prolific collectors of art.

To see more from the series see:
Part One: Forging an Art Market in China http://buff.ly/19uivTf
Part Two: An Art Power Rises in China, Posing Issue for Reform http://buff.ly/1fA5qJa
Part Three: The New Collectors http://buff.ly/1fA5msU

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British director named most powerful person in world of art

British director named most powerful person in world of art by 

Sir Nicholas Serota, director of Tate galleries, has been named the most powerful person in the world of art

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Xu Zhen “Blissful As Gods” at ShanghART Shanghai

Xu Zhen 徐震 "Blissful As Gods" at ShanghART Shanghai
11 November 2014 - 26 December 2014
Produced by Madein Company





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World’s first REAL hoverboard

World’s first REAL hoverboard

 

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A Dialogue With Chinese Artist Xu Bing

A Dialogue With Chinese Artist Xu Bing
OCTOBER 20, 2014 7:42 PM By DANNI SHEN

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JI ZHOU at HDM Hangzhou

JI ZHOU at HDM Gallery Hangzhou
OPENING:  SATURDAY 25th OCTOBER
(Exhibition: 25th October - 11th December)

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