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Forever Young: Three Chinese Artists in Manhattan

The famous koan, ‘one hand clapping’, says the Guggenheim, is a metaphor for how meaning is destabilised in a globalised world.

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Body Calligraphy: the performance work of Echo Morgan

“Echo Morgan works with stereotypes of ‘Chineseness’ and femininity in order to subvert them.”

A Floating Life: Navigating Bingyi’s Literary Maze

“A true polymath: an art historian with a doctorate from Yale, she has composed operas and ballets, made films, incorporated her knowledge of science and engineering into her artworks, and recently started a school for young artists and activists in Beijing.”

Paper Man: A Profile of Li Hongbo

‘Paper—you can never predict what it will become in the end.’

The Getting of Wisdom: Song Dong’s ‘I Don’t Know the Mandate of Heaven’

“On the top floor is the astonishing ‘At Fifty, I Don’t Know the Mandate of Heaven’. Fifty identical dolls with porcelain heads intended to represent Song himself, and referencing a favourite childhood toy, are engaged in every activity imaginable: reading, cooking, eating, driving, peeing and sleeping, even lying face down in a playful reference to Song Dong’s 1996 performance, ‘Breathing, Tiananmen Square’…”

A Short History of Everything: the painted world of Dong Yuan

Dong Yuan loves Da Vinci and Duchamp equally. In these works, we see the results of such an apparently unlikely juxtaposition: Dada’s love of the absurd and playful meets the beauty and virtuoso technique of the old master.

Lu Xinjian: ‘Looking for harmony – lines between lines, dots between dots’

“He didn’t have the money to buy a ticket to enter the gallery, but stood entranced in front of the posters, absorbing their structures, colour, line and form, their use of the Modernist grid.”

The Romantic Revolutionary: A Profile of Guo Jian
Lin Yan: A Tale of Three Cities

Best known for working with paper, Lin Yan bridges the divide between two and three dimensions (she calls it working in ‘two and a half dimensions’), and between Chinese and Western philosophies and aesthetics.

Ink Remix

Ink Remix

Art Life , Reviews Mar 09, 2016

The use of ink is deeply embedded in the Chinese sense of nationhood.