Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .
After structural issues forced The Armory Show into last-minute relocation pirouettes last year, the fair returns between 5 and 8 March 2020 with a flourishing programme, complemented by stand-out shows across New York City.
For her second solo exhibition at Thomas Dane Gallery in London, Ella Kruglyanskaya's compositions signal the many possibilities of paint.
Shen Fan started disassembling concrete forms and space in painting in the 1970s and 1980s, and began creating abstract painting works. Since 1998, he has been bringing Chinese painting elements into multi mediums and materials such as ceramics, neon light, metal, and music, expanding the boundaries between painting and new media. He is one of the earlier Chinese artists who combine classical aesthetics into the contemporary context to explore contemporary Chinese cultural expressions.Read More
Shen Fan's works are composed of different series with distinct features, and changing materials. But they maintain the temperament of the classical Chinese literati arts. His installation works of 2006 go back to Huang Binhong period and reanalyse the use of space and brush strokes of classical Chinese landscape paintings. He recreates, in relation to the new mediums, the most natural and self-examining features of the literati arts, and demonstrates the penetrating power of their universality for our contemporary times. Shen Fan's recent works return to his intuition, and use the body as a philosophical method of viewing. Through interactions among vision, touch, text and so on, Shen Fan provides an integrated way of viewing, which embodies his shifted and more wholesome viewing logic.
Shen Fan's works have been international exhibited at: Punctuation-The First Time, ShanghART (M50), Shanghai (2015); Myth/History II: Shanghai Galaxy, YUZ Museum, Shanghai (2015), Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, U.S.A. (2010); Out of Shanghai, Museum gegenstandsfreier Kunst, Otterndorf, Germany (2009); Shanghai Kaleidoscope, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Toronto, Canada (2008); 6th Shanghai Biennale: Hyper Design, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai (2006); Alien Illusion, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai (2005); The Paintings of Shen Fan – Pioneering Abstraction from Shanghai, Goedhuis Contemporary New York, U.S.A. (2002); Metaphysics 2001, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai (2001).
Text courtesy ShanghART.
Both shows are milestone moments in the institutions’ development. The massive museums—each with about 10,000 square metres of space—are learning to stand.
There's never before been an exhibition of contemporary Chinese art of this magnitude: Eight cities, nine museums, 120 artists, 500 works. For audiences in Germany, the question is on the tip of their tongues: Just how much influence did Chinese officials play in the making of " China 8 ," which opens to the public on May 14 and...
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