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Apple’s AR Experience Puts Products Ahead of Art Related Press Apple’s AR Experience Puts Products Ahead of Art 11 September 2019, Art in America

The trouble with [AR]T—an augmented reality initiative produced by Apple in collaboration with the New Museum—began when I tried to get tickets. Because it was framed as a free public art experience, I thought that the [AR]T Walk would be easily accessible, like a drop-in guided tour at a museum. But Apple's home page offered no...

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Why does the heart want what it wants? Desire at Imma Related Press Why does the heart want what it wants? Desire at Imma 7 September 2019, The Irish Times

Overwhelming passion, tons of sex, or a brand new kitchen: desire can manifest in many forms. When the book, des/Ire: Designing Houses for Contemporary Ireland, came out in 2008, the cover featured all three. A moody-looking man appeared to be about to shove a strawberry tart in the face (or cleavage) of an elegant model, who had for some reason...

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Prison Architect: An Interview with Cao Fei Related Press Prison Architect: An Interview with Cao Fei 15 March 2019, Berlin Art Link

The film Prison Architect (2018) by Cao Fei uses the physical space of the prison as a metaphorical complex to reflect common understandings of freedom and captivity. More than presenting the prison as an actual site of criminal punishment or misuse of power, the film questions how we live with the idea of the imprisonment of fellow human beings...

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how has the internet changed the way we interact with art? Related Press how has the internet changed the way we interact with art? 26 June 2018, i-D Vice

The state of the "millennial" is a complex and nebulous thing. Some define Generation X by its widespread affinity for decorative succulents. Some note an eye for a very specific, and hotly debated, shade of apricot-salmon pink. Others scorn millennials for the remorseless, cold-blooded murder of wine corks, the napkin industry, and...

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M+ Screenings: City Limits at Broadway Cinematheque, Hong Kong Related Press M+ Screenings: City Limits at Broadway Cinematheque, Hong Kong 2 August 2017, Art Radar

Featuring 15 videos and films, M+ Screenings: City Limits will be held at Broadway Cinematheque in Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong, from 4 to 6 August 2017. The programme is organised in conjunction with the exhibition Canton Express at M+ Pavilion in the West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong. Located on Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour, M+ is Hong...

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Back to the future: Cao Fei brings the BMW Art Car into the digital age Related Press Back to the future: Cao Fei brings the BMW Art Car into the digital age 13 June 2017, Wallpaper*

A time-travelling monk leaves a dramatic mountainous setting in what appears to be ancient China. He sets off by foot, walking through time toward a nameless megacity. With a composed expression and dressed in traditional costume, we see him pass by fragments of modern China—mass construction of soulless high rises, super highways with...

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Art in the Digital Era: MoMA PS1 and K11 Art Foundation co-present '.com/.cn' in Hong Kong Related Press Art in the Digital Era: MoMA PS1 and K11 Art Foundation co-present '.com/.cn' in Hong Kong 18 April 2017, Art Radar Journal

'.com/.cn', co-curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Peter Eleey of MoMA PS1 in New York, is on view at the K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong from 21 March to 30 April 2017. The exhibition is co-presented by MoMA PS1 and the K11 Art Foundation. The group show includes work by Darren Bader, Cao Fei, DIS, Aleksandra Domanović, Greg...

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Cao Fei Related Press Cao Fei 5 March 2017, Asian Art

In northern Beijing's Chaoyang District, set back from a busy road, is a delightful old disused cinema. Built circa mid-20th century, its white tiled façade has a distinctly Russian feel. The cinema has been closed for some time now and an air of neglect is beginning to settle over the exterior along with a layer of dun-coloured Beijing pollution....

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The best American art of 2016 Related Press The best American art of 2016 19 December 2016, The Guardian

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Norton Museum of Art No more play. If 2016 endures in American history as a year of epochal disaster, then it will be fair to ask, in the grim years to come: how on earth could artists have joked around so much while the darkness gathered? But in a year whose most debated exhibition came from a quartet of dim New York...

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Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA) announces 2016 winners Related Press Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA) announces 2016 winners 2 December 2016, Art Radar Journal

On 15 November 2016 the Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA) announced winners Cao Fei, He Xiangyu and Xu Bing. In its 10th edition, the award was founded in 1997 by pioneering Swiss collector Uli Sigg, who began collecting Chinese contemporary artists in the 1990s. The aim of CCAA is to give awards to Chinese artists and art critics who show...

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Shanghai museum’s 'SHE' - a timely exploration of women’s art down the ages Related Press Shanghai museum’s 'SHE' - a timely exploration of women’s art down the ages 5 September 2016, South China Morning Post

With another woman British prime minister in power and the election of America’s first woman president a distinct possibility, the theme of the SHE  exhibition in Shanghai – a city known to raise strong women – feels timely. The cavernous space of the Long Museum features works by 105 woman artists from 13 countries and...

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Introducing the Apollo 40 under 40 Asia Pacific Related Press Introducing the Apollo 40 under 40 Asia Pacific 1 September 2016, Apollo

Who are the people under 40 making waves in the art world? That was the question we asked ourselves in 2014, when we launched the first Apollo 40 Under 40. That year’s list, which focused on Europe, and the subsequent 40 Under 40 USA, weren’t meant as power lists but as surveys of talent: of young people who have firmly established...

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Cao Fei's fantastical take on China's sociopolitical climate Related Press Cao Fei's fantastical take on China's sociopolitical climate 17 August 2016, Hyperallergic

In Italo Calvino’s novel  Invisible Cities,  Marco Polo regales Kublai Khan with tales of his travels, musing about the strange poetry of each city and their intersections with memory and selfhood. These cities, in actuality, are not quite real, and whether we are to suspend our disbelief is not clear. As Marco Polo would have it...

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Cao Fei at MoMA PS1, New York Related Press Cao Fei at MoMA PS1, New York 20 July 2016, Art in America

While viewers of Cao Fei’s excellent survey exhibition will be familiar with myriad products manufactured in China, it’s likely that few will have considered, beyond a vague inkling of anonymous workers toiling away in distant factories, who actually makes those products. For her video Whose Utopia (2006), the Chinese artist embedded...

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Discussion on video art research in the context of globalisation: 'Time Test' is unveiled Related Press Discussion on video art research in the context of globalisation: 'Time Test' is unveiled 12 July 2016, CAFA ART INFO

At 2:30 pm on July 2, 2016, Time Test – International Video Art Research Exhibition was unveiled at CAFA Art Museum. The exhibition is jointly hosted by Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan, U.S.A. and CAFA Art Museum. In the axis of the development course of the video art, the project presents...

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Cao Fei's BMW 'Art Car 18' delves into Chinese contemporary culture Related Press Cao Fei's BMW 'Art Car 18' delves into Chinese contemporary culture 23 June 2016, designboom

Since 1975, globally prestigious artists such as; Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons, have been creating ‘art cars’ using contemporary BMW vehicles as their basis. In november 2015, it was announced that the chinese artist, Cao Fei, and the american artist, John Baldessari, had been selected by a jury of distinguished museum...

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#BB9: 'The Present in Drag' Related Press #BB9: 'The Present in Drag' 15 June 2016, RanDian

The first impression of the 9th Berlin Biennale is that of a Millennial’s existential crisis. But rather than sulkily quoting Camus while blowing cigarette smoke in your face, the contemporary existentialist muses on adages—'You look at your phone, have full bars but no connection' or 'You like post-industrial spaces even...

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Why commentaries on Cao Fei’s retrospective don’t make total sense Related Press Why commentaries on Cao Fei’s retrospective don’t make total sense 25 May 2016, Randian

Chinese artist Cao Fei knows the visual vocabulary of new media art, and her work shows a post-internet sensibility. But whether she “tackles the numbing state of modernity,” as per the title of Kathleen Massara’s preview of Cao’s MoMA PS1 solo show on Artnet, seems debatable.

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Cao Fei captures modern malaise in a series of inventive videos Related Press Cao Fei captures modern malaise in a series of inventive videos 23 May 2016, The New York Times

It is a truism of modern life that despite fast and cheap communication technologies, demoralizing alienation is as widespread as ever in the developed world. The Chinese artist Cao Fei, 37, has based on this apparent contradiction a series of stirringly plangent and imaginative videos that have been seen in numerous international exhibitions...

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Cao Fei, MoMA PS1, New York — ‘Pithy and profound’ Related Press Cao Fei, MoMA PS1, New York — ‘Pithy and profound’ 2 May 2016, Financial Times

Cao Fei builds beautiful nightmares. In an imaginary city gripped by apocalyptic transformation, a school band blows a silent march; a boy on a camel surveys acres of destruction from his hilltop perch; a dying squid leaks blood all over an abandoned factory floor. Guangzhou, the artist’s real home town, also becomes a forum of fantasy....

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'Digging a Hole in China': exploring Land Art in the context of Chinese contemporary art Related Press 'Digging a Hole in China': exploring Land Art in the context of Chinese contemporary art 21 April 2016, Art Radar

Land is the subject of a large-scale show at OCAT Shenzhen entitled Digging a Hole in China  (20 March – 26 June 2016) which features a variety of media and works by over a dozen contemporary Chinese artists executed from 1994 onwards. In this inaugural show at OCAT Shenzhen, since her appointment as Artistic Director in August 2015...

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“Digging a Hole in China”: exploring Land Art in the context of Chinese contemporary art Related Press “Digging a Hole in China”: exploring Land Art in the context of Chinese contemporary art 18 April 2016, Art Radar

Land is the subject of a large-scale show at OCAT Shenzhen entitled Digging a Hole in China (20 March–26 June 2016) which features a variety of media and works by over a dozen contemporary Chinese artists executed from 1994 onwards. In this inaugural show at OCAT Shenzhen, since her appointment as Artistic Director in August 2015, curator Venus...

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As China evolves, the artist Cao Fei is watching Related Press As China evolves, the artist Cao Fei is watching 11 April 2016, The New York Times

Fresh off the plane from Art Basel Hong Kong this week, the Chinese artist Cao Fei was stationed at MoMA PS1, ready to supervise the installation of her first United States museum retrospective. At 37, she seemed too young to warrant an extensive survey. Dressed in a black hoodie and fashionable striped pants, Ms. Cao could have been one of the...

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Opening doors in China for creations old and new Related Press Opening doors in China for creations old and new 21 March 2016, The New York Times

HONG KONG — Art Basel in Hong Kong highlighted many of Asia’s top artists last year, but none had more visibility than Cao Fei. Her old-school, video game-inspired installation, Same Old, Brand New, lit up all four sides of Hong Kong’s tallest building, the 108-story International Commerce Center, with a playful reimagining of...

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M+ Sigg Collection Exhibition Related Press M+ Sigg Collection Exhibition 24 February 2016, WestKowloon

Comprising more than eighty works by fifty artists – including Ai Weiwei, Fang Lijun, Geng Jianyi, Huang Yong Ping, Zhang Peili, and Zhang Xiaogang – this is the first-ever chronological exhibition about the emergence of Chinese contemporary art. It shows both the development of Chinese contemporary art and a glimpse of the collection...

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Native global land at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris Related Press Native global land at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris 21 February 2016, Flash Art

France has always been a country of asylum for Chinese artists. After the First World War, it was where painters such as Zao Wou-ki and Chu Teh-Chun developed their careers. In the 1990s, Paris became a vanguard destination for contemporary Chinese artists fleeing the Tiananmen revolution, like Yan Pei Ming and Huang Yong Ping. At that time former...

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'No Longer, Not Yet' at Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai Related Press 'No Longer, Not Yet' at Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai 27 December 2015, Flash Art

In Cao Fei’s installation Rumba 2 —one of the eight rooms in the exhibition No Longer, Not Yet —toy chickens ride Roombas. The robotic vacuum cleaners roam sloping floors, cleaning the fibers of a carpet created from a print used in Gucci’s autumn/winter 2015 collection. As young Chinese seek to establish themselves...

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BMW announces artists for the next two vehicles in its famous Art Car series Related Press BMW announces artists for the next two vehicles in its famous Art Car series 2 December 2015, The Verge

BMW's so-called Art Cars — vehicles that have been turned into rolling canvases by well-known artists — are famous among both art and auto enthusiasts. The 17 cars that make up the series, going back to 1975, include designs by A-listers like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Frank Stella. They've been displayed at the Louvre....

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Hong Kong debut for M+ museum’s founding collection Related Press Hong Kong debut for M+ museum’s founding collection 10 November 2015, The Art Newspaper

The first large-scale exhibition in Hong Kong of works from the Sigg Collection of Chinese contemporary art, since its was acquired by the M+ museum in West Kowloon, will open early next year (23 February-5 April 2016). The show is organised by Pi Li, M+’s senior curator of Chinese art, who joined the museum in 2012, the same year the part...

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Cass Sculpture Foundation announces major Chinese art show in 2016 Related Press Cass Sculpture Foundation announces major Chinese art show in 2016

The Cass Sculpture Foundation has just announced details of an ambitious exhibition, scheduled for 2016. A Beautiful Disorder is being billed as the first major UK exhibition of newly commissioned outdoor sculpture by contemporary Chinese artists. From May to November next year, 15 large-scale sculptures, made in a variety of mediums including...

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Beyond Ai Weiwei: how China's artists handle politics (or avoid them) Related Press Beyond Ai Weiwei: how China's artists handle politics (or avoid them) 30 March 2015, The New Yorker

In a gallery in Hong Kong’s Chai Wan district last week, during the city’s third annual installment of the international Art Basel fair, the Beijing-based artist Huang Rui introduced a new live work called Red Black White Grey. At the start of the performance, four affectless women walked onstage wearing trench coats, then disrobed one...

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Light shows and pink feathers: how Art Basel 2015 took over Hong Kong Related Press Light shows and pink feathers: how Art Basel 2015 took over Hong Kong 18 March 2015, Wallpaper Magazine

Art Basel swept into Hong Kong this week sparking a creativity frenzy that spread well beyond the 233 galleries showing in the city’s monolithic convention centre as everyone from up-and-coming young local designers to international galleries and fashion designers jumped on for the ride.

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Here's the Artist List for the 2015 Venice Biennale Related Press Here's the Artist List for the 2015 Venice Biennale 6 March 2015, Art News

Yes! After months and months of speculation, prayers, and rumors, the Venice Biennale has released the artist list for its 56th edition, “All the World’s Futures,” which is being curated by Okwui Enwezor. At a quick glance, it looks like a thrillingly eclectic list, counting among its participants giants like Bruce Nauman, Adrian...

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Art Basel Hong Kong 2015 Conversations Program Related Press Art Basel Hong Kong 2015 Conversations Program 28 February 2015, Blouin Artinfo

As Art Basel Hong Kong’s March 15 start date draws nearer, more and more details of its program are coming to light - and today, it’s the program for the “Conversations” and “Salon” sections. Highlights include a talk between artist Cao Fei and Hans Ulrich Obrist, a preview of the combined India-Pakistan Venice...

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Australian adds weight to Art Basel Encounter Related Press Australian adds weight to Art Basel Encounter 24 February 2015, Visual ArtsHub

There is a new encounter in Hong Kong, Australian curator Alexie Glass-Kantor, and her vision captures the zeitgeist of our region. A curated section within any art fair presents an interesting conversation, sitting somewhere between the commercial streams and a rigorous view of now. Encounters is slightly different in that it is dedicated to...

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Cao Fei At Cacsa, Adelaide Related Press Cao Fei At Cacsa, Adelaide 25 September 2014, Nicholas Forrest for Artinfo / 24 September 2014

Adelaide’s Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA) is hosting the first major survey in Australia of internationally recognised Chinese artist Cao Fei in association with the Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival 2014 and Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou. “Cao Fei’s Theatrical Mirror: Living in between the...

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Artist Profile: Cao Fei Related Press Artist Profile: Cao Fei 3 April 2014, Rachael Marsden for Randian / 25 March 2014

In May 2012, at the final edition of ARTHK (Hong Kong International Art Fair; now Art Basel Hong Kong), the curated project and book The future will be…China. Thoughts on What’s to Come by Hans Ulrich Obrist was launched. At the time, I didn’t think a whole lot about the textual sound bites, images and interpretations, along...

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Love Chinese Contemporary Art? Who To Follow On Instagram Related Press Love Chinese Contemporary Art? Who To Follow On Instagram 11 February 2014, Rachel Marsden for Art Radar Asia / 06 February 2014

In the era of prolific online image sharing and the overuse of the photographic “selfie”, Instagram allows unprecedented access to artists’ lives and works. Viewing and following China’s art practitioners takes on the allure of celebrity-chase, giving people around the globe an insight into events, exhibitions and happenings...

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