Event Organized By Center Of International Cultural Exchange And Christie's To Display 29 Paintings & Photos By 17 Chinese Artists#
Starting this week, New York audiences can get their Chinese contemporary art fix at the "Trans-Realism" art exhibition at Rockefeller Center (running from September 9-26), organized by China's Center of International Cultural Exchange (CICE) and Christie's auction house. This exhibition, which is designed to present a cross-section of the last 30 years of Chinese contemporary art, includes 29 paintings and photographs by 17 artists, such as Yang Feiyun, Xin Dongwang, Yu Hong and Qiu Xiaofei, who may not be as well known in the U.S. as Yue Minjun, Zhang Xiaogang or Liu Ye but are on the leading edge of their country's art boom.
"We chose artists less known in the West rather than going with big names," says Pan Qing, the exhibition's co-curator from the National Museum of China.
"Many of them are up-and-coming artists born in the 1970s, and one was born in the 1980s. Their approaches depart from those of their predecessors'," Pan continues.
"Rather than focusing on social reality, the new generation creates a sense of illusion and imagination. They go beyond what's happening in the country to express concerns about the world and humankind."
CICE director Lu Jun says the exhibition reveals Chinese artists' "careful juxtaposition and balance" between tradition and innovation, realism and imagination, and individualism and collectivism.
The Trans-Realism exhibition will coincide with Christie's Asian Art Week auctions of Chinese and other Asian art, which will take place from September 14-17. Expect to see a good deal of Chinese collector interest in items like a jade brush pot from the reign of emperor Qianlong (1735-1799) -- one of the most popular dynastic figures among new mainland Chinese art and antique buyers -- and a Song Dynasty (960-1279) "junyao" tripod vessel from the collection of Dr. and Mrs. William L. Corbin.
Trans-Realism (轉思寫實主義): A Collaborative Exhibition of Contemporary Art from China#
Running Sep. 9-26 at Christie's
20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY