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MADE IN CHINA: A DOUG FISHBONE PROJECT │ Dulwich Picture Gallery, London → 26 July 2015

 

 

Cn y tel ɖ dfṛns btwn an Old Mastr pêntñ n a cntmprri replica?

Wrcñ wɖ cnspčl ātist Dug Fišbôn w r incurijñ y t têc a clôsr lc at âr Prmnnt C̣lẋn. Wn v âr wrcs hz bn rplest bî a replic̣pêntñ swst fṛm an ātists’ wrcšop in Čîna n huñ in ɖ frem ḅloññ t ɖ orijinl. Fr ʈri munʈs ɖ îdntti v ɖ wrc wl rmen cnsild. Test yr dsrnñ î n tel s ẇč pêntñ y ʈnc it z.

Mni Old Mastr pêntrz, fṛm Tišn t Rūbnz, incurijd ɖ copiyñ v ɖer wrc îɖr in ɖer wrcšops bî aprntisz or bî indipndnt copiists. Ɖr r svṛl xamplz in Dulij’z c̣lẋn, includñ wcšop pêntñz sč az Vīṇs n Adonis n copiz pêntd fṛm ɖ orijinl bî ātists vizitñ ɖ Gaḷri, sč az Cunstbl’z copi v Rîzdel’z Windmilz. Tde, fems pêntñz r biyñ rpṛdyst in ɖ miłnz, wɖ Čîna dominetñ ɖs xpwtmācit.

Fr ʈri munʈs (10 Febrri – 26 Êpṛl) y r invîtd t fînd ɖ replicetd pêntñ, ẇč hañz in plês v ɖ orijinl in ɖ prmnnt dsple v 270 wrcs. Winñ ansrz wl b entrd intu a drw t win wn v fîv print-on-dmand rīpṛduẋnz v čozn wrcs in ɖ Gaḷri’z c̣lẋn. Ɖ ansr wl b rvild on 28 Êpṛl, ẇn orijinl n replica wl hañ sîd bî sîd. Cm n cmper ɖ tu.

Côkretd bî cnsepčl ātist Dug Fišbôn n Dr Zêvı̣r Bre, Āturo n Holi Melosi, Čīf Kretr at ɖ Gaḷri.

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"The US conceptual artist Doug Fishbone at Dulwich Picture Gallery. ‘My hope is that people will come here and really drink in the paintings,’ he says. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty"
“The US conceptual artist Doug Fishbone at Dulwich Picture Gallery. ‘My hope is that people will come here and really drink in the paintings,’ he says. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty”

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LI BINYUAN: DEATHLESS LOVE │ Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art │ 14 May 2015

Photo: Mia Forrest

“Pfwmns: Ʈrzde 14 Me 2015, 7pm

Pāt v Mančestr Aftr Aurz 2015: Wn Nît. Siti-wîd. Fri Ivnts.

Az pāt v Sošl Bhevyrz, Li Biňuan wl inact hiz grând-brêcñ pfwmns, Deʈls Luv t a lîv SFČCA ōdı̣ns az pāt v Mančestr Aftr Aurz 2015, a siti-wîd īvnñ seḷbrêšn v Mančestr’z culčr, on 14ʈ Me. Ɖs wl b a ynīc oṗtyṇti t witṇs an xîtñ wrc v lîv bhevyrl āt; wn ɖt wl inteṛget îdiyz v ātistc pṛduẋn ẇl pšñ ɖ fizicl bodi t xtrīmz v indyṛns, az Biňuan maňli smašz ovr 100 hamrz on a concrīt plinʈ.

Biňuan wl olso b involvñ ɖ winr v ɖ comṗtišn fṛm ɖ Sošl Bhevyrz xibišnlwnč in a pṛloñd hug az pāt v a ny pìs v ātwrc.

Li Biňuan’z Deʈls Luv trnsndd ɖ (pfwmnsāt) fwm. Pfwmnsāt bcem spectetrspwt az ɖ crâd čird č sxesv smaš, liftñ Li’z flagñ spirits ẇnvr h c̣lapst ontu ɖ concrīt plinʈ. (Brijit Ḍleni, Ɖ Gādı̣n, Tyzde 20 Jaňri 2015)”

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CAI GUO-QIANG: UNMANNED NATURE │ The Whitworth, Manchester → 21 June 2015

“Ɖ ātist Tsî Ĝo-Čiañ wz born in Čîna n nâ livz in Ny Ywc. H z bst nôn fr hiz rmāc̣bl projcts yzñ gunpâdr, includñ ɖ fîrwrc dsplez fr ɖ ôpnñ n clozñ seṛṃniz v ɖ 2008 Bêžñ Olimpcs. Hiz insṭlešn, Unmand Nêčr (2008), ẇč includz a 45 mītr-loñ, for mītr-hî gunpâdr drōñ, z ɖ frst ātwrc t b šôn in ɖ Ẇitẉʈ’s ny landscêp gaḷri. It z olso ɖ frst tîm ɖt ɖ insṭlešn – frst cmišnd bî ɖ Hirošima Siti Myziym v Cntemprri Āt – hz bn šôn âtsd Jpan.

It z olso ɖ frst šowñ v ɖ insṭlešn enẇr in ɖ wrld âtsd ɖ Jaṗnīz siti v Hirošima – ɖ wrc wz orijinli cmišnd bî ɖ Hirošima Siti Myziym v Cntemprri Āt, n wz šôn in an xibišn ɖt māct Tsî Ĝo-Čiañ’z dezignešn az ɖ rsipı̣nt v ɖ Sevnʈ Hirošima Ātprîz. Ɖ prîz z awōdd evri ʈri yirz t an ātist hu hz md ɖ grtst contribyšn t pīs in ɖ fīld v āt.

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Ɖ prôses v mcñ gunpâdr drōñz z xtrōdnri. Aftr leyñ ât lj šīts v pêpr on ɖ flor, Tsî Ĝo-Čiañ arenjz gunpâdr, fyzs n cādbwd stenṣlz t criet fwmz on ɖ pêpr’z srfis. Ɖ sponṭneyti v ɖ rzultñ xpložn, flemz n fymz z cntrold ʈru ɖ ys v wŭdn bwdz, rocs n verı̣s uɖr mtirı̣lz, ẇč inflụns ɖ impact v ɖ xpložnz ɖt criet ɖ fîṇl wrc. Ɖ landscêp fwmz v Unmand Nêčr refṛns 14ʈ senčri Čînīz ñcnwoš pêntñz, ẇl ɖ scêl v ɖ insrclñ insṭlešn paṛlelz Mone’z trliliz.

Tsî Ĝo-Čiañ’z wrc, wɖ its rīdñz v gunpâdr nt onli az a wepn bt olso az a mīdı̣m v spiričl crı̣tiṿti n trnsf̣mešn, z vri tîmli az w cmeṃret ɖ sentīnri v ɖ Frst Wrldwor. Hiz Unmand Nêčr insṭlešn wl cnct t an xibišn at âr sisṭrōġnîzešn in ɖ siti, Mančestr Ātgaḷri. Ɖ Senṣri Wor 1914-2014 wl xplor hâ ātists hv intrpṛtd n cmynicetd ɖ impact v wor on ɖ hymn sensz, ɖ bodi, mînd n ɖ wîdr invîrnmnt ovr ɖ last senčri.”

Photograph: Michael Pollard
Photograph: Michael Pollard

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JOHN MOORES PAINTING PRIZE 2014 │ Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool → 30 November 2014

“Wns agn ɖ Wōcr Ātgaḷri brñz a fasinetñ are v apročz t wn v āt’s most tṛdišnl mīdı̣mz, ẇn ɖ Jon Murz Pêntñprîz ôpnz az pāt v ɖ Livpul Bîeňl.

Ɖ mix v pêntñz z iclctc, wɖ landsceps, pwtrits, abstract n sculpčṛl wrcs ynîtd onli bî ɖer mnipylešn v pênt. YC-bêst ātists hu wrc wɖ pênt wr ebl t sbmit wrc t b cnsidrd fr ɖ prîz. Fifti ātists hv bn ṣlctd fṛm mr ɖn 2,500 entṛnts.

W r olso onrd t dsple ɖ dnamic prîzwinrz fṛm ɖ 2014 Jon Murz Pêntñprîz Čîna, ẇč wz held fr ɖ ʈrd tîm in Šañhî ŕlịr ɖs yir.

Ɖ ‘Vizitrz’ Čýs’ Awōd, votd fr bî ɖ public, wz prizntd t Jūliet Losc, hu rsivd a prîz v £2014.”


“Ɖ winr v ɖs yir’z Jon Murz Pêntñprîz, n ɖ rsipı̣nt v £25,000, z Rôz Wîli wɖ hr pêntñ ‘PV Windoz n Florbwdz’.

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天下無事 │ HARMONIOUS SOCIETY: 30 EXCEPTIONAL CHINESE ARTISTS ACROSS 6 VENUES │ Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester → 23 November 2014

“Rspondñ t ɖ Eža Trîeňl Mančestr 14 (ETM14) ʈīm v conflict n cmpašn, ɖs xibišn wl b sīn fṛm an inṭnašnl pspctv, riixaminñ ɖ conflicts az wel az ɖ hāṃni v Čîna, or indd, ɖ Grtr Čîna, n ɖt v Eža n ɖ wrld.

In ɖ past ʈri decêdz, Mênland Čîna hz xpirı̣nst unpreṣdentd ṗlitcl rfwm, ic̣nomic dveḷpmnt n rapid ŕḅnîzešn. Ɖs uphivl tgɖr wɖ ol its consiqnsz – includñ ɖ handovr v Hoñ Coñ – hz amalġmetd intu dêli lîf. Ɖ inṭnašnl pres rpwt mni sošl išuz n čalinjz in n bynd ɖ cuntri, includñ Cros-Streit n inṭnašnl rlešnz. Rspondñ t ETM14’z ʈīm, Conflict n Cmpašn, ɖ kṛtwrı̣l fôc̣s v ɖ SFČCA projct apaṛntli priznts no conflict bt rɖr, olmst ṗetcli, a hāmoňs ssayti (hexie shehui). In ɖs xibišn, Hāmoňs Ssayti z riintrpṛtd in Čînīz instd az tianxia wushi, litṛli, nʈñ (hz hapnd) undr ɖ hevnz. Ɖ tîtl, prisîsli, z dirîvd fṛm ɖ cuṛnt sôsio-ic̣nomic vižn n ɖ ṗlitcl proṗzišn v Čîna’z rêžīm sns 2005, ẇlst its Čînīz vršn oltrṇtvli xtndz its culčṛl n fiḷsoficl coṇtešnz t b psivd in ɖ glôbl contxt (tianxia).

Ɖ projct invîts mr ɖn 30 ātists fṛm Mênḷnd Čîna, Tîwan n Hoñ Coñ t dveḷp ātistc rsponsz. Olmst ol ɖ wrcs r YC premierz n mni v ɖm r speṣ̌li cmišnd n sait-sṗsific. It têcs plês at six mêjr venyz acrs ɖ sitīsentr v Mančestr, includñ ɖ Sentr fr Čînīz Cntmprri ĀtĀtWrc, ɖ Jon Rîḷndz Lîbrri, ɖ Myziym v Sayns n Inḍstri, ḍ Našnl Ftbwlmyziym n Mančestr Cʈīdṛl.

Hāmoňs Ssayti z pṛdyst in c̣laḅrešn wɖ ɖ Tîẉnīz Ministri v CulčrTañ Cntmprri Āt (Bêžñ, Čîna) n ɖ Ynivrṣti v Swlfd fr ETM14. It z olso ṣpwtd bî Caʈe ṖsificBrmñm Siti YnivrṣtiHoñ Coñ Ātsdveḷpmnt CaunslT Myziym, ɖ  Tîpe Dpātmnt v Culčṛl AferzMančestr Sitīcaunsl n Swlfd Sitīcaunsl.

It z xpctd t b a platfwm fr ōdı̣ns, ātists n kretrz, t dscus ɖs ira v xtrōdnri sošl, îdı̣lojicl n culčṛl transfmešn, ʈru ɖer indivijl memriz, prsnl rflẋnz n imajinešnz, n t jeṇret nt onli critcl, bt mr impwtntli, crietv ʈncñ, n ny undrstandñz v âr tîm.

Jiañ Jīhoñ
Līdkretr, Hāmoňs Ssayti
Ōġst 2014”

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AI WEIWEI AT BLENHEIM PALACE │ Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire → 14 December 2014

“Ɖs ōtm, Blenm Paḷs sīz ɖ lwnč v ɖ ny Blenm Ātfândešn, ẇč brñz an xîtñ ny prôgram v cntmprri āt bî līdñ inṭnašnl ātists t ɖ Paḷs. Ôpnñ on 1st Octobr, seḷbretd Čînīz ātist Ai Weiwei’z ljst YC xibišn lwnčz ɖ fândešn in Ai Weiwei at Blenm Paḷs, wɖ mr ɖn 50 ny n îconic ātwrcs on dsple ʈrt ɖ paḷs n its grândz.

Ātwrcs wl renj fṛm fôṭgrafs têcn bî Ai Weiwei ẇlst livñ in Ny Ywc jrñ ɖ 1980z, ʈru t a lj cāpit md ispeṣ̌li fr ɖ xibišn, ẇč wl b on dsple in ɖ Grt Hwl. Frɖr ātwrcs wl includ a tebl fwmd fṛm wŭd rclemd fṛm templz dêtñ t ɖ Ciñ Dîṇsti (1644–1911), intric̣tli hand-pêntd pwṣlenplêts, n Srcl v Animlz / Zôdiachedz: Gold, Ai Weiwei’z riintrpṛtešn v ɖ lejndri bronz zôdiached stačuz ɖt wns srândd ɖ fântincloc at Emprr Yuwnmñ Yuwn’z Bêžñ impirı̣l rtrit. Âr nyli rfrbišt rūm lcetd in ɖ Stêblz Cwtyād wl, fr ɖ frst tîm, b yzd az a gaḷrīspês.

Abt Ai Weiwei

Born in 1957 in Bêžñ, Ai Weiwei z wn v ɖ most influenšl culčṛl figrz v ɖ 21st senčri. A pṛlific ātist n sošl activist, bêst in Bêžñ, h hz bn a vôcl critc v dmocṛsi n hymn rîts [sic] in Čîna. Ai wz arstd in 2011 n held fr 81 dez wɖt čāj, spācñ glôbl prôtest. Hiz pāspwt wz confiscetd n h z cuṛntli dtend in Čîna, ẇr h livz n wrcs in rstrictd cndišnz.

Đ lwnč v ɖ Blenm Ātfândešn z a vri xîtñ mmnt fr Blenm Paḷs. W r dlîtd t b ebl t hôst an ātist v ɖ calibr n eminns v Ai Weiwei at Blenm n hôp ɖt âr ny prôgram v cntmprri āt, bginñ wɖ ɖs xibišn, wl čalinj n inspîr âr vizitrz.

Edẉd Spensr-Črčil, Fândr, Blenm Ātfândešn”

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MING: THE GOLDEN EMPIRE │ National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh → 19 October 2014

“Dscuvr ɖ xtrōdnri stwri v ɖ Mñ diṇsti (1368-1644), a pirı̣d v Čîna’z histri māct bî ic̣nomic streñʈ n a dṛmatc flurišñ v ɖ āts.

Mīnñ briłnt or brît, ɖ Mñ ira repriznts ɖ stātñpýnt v modn Čîna. A c̣lẋn v orijinl āṭfacts fṛm ɖ Nanjñ Myziym, includñ Čînīz Našnl Trežrz, intṛdys ci aspects v ɖ Mñ diṇsti, fôc̣sñ on ɖ rmāc̣ble culčṛl, tecṇlojcl n ic̣nomic ačivmnts v ɖ pirı̣d. Ɖs wl b ɖ onli YC šowñ v ɖs inṭnašnli significnt xibišn.

Xqizit luẋri îtmz n rer objcts rvil ɖ welʈ n opyḷns v ɖ Mñ impirı̣l cwt. Ɖz includ ɖ îconic blu n ẇît pwṣlen wɖ ẇč ɖ Mñ pirı̣d z sinoniṃs, az wel az sumčs silctxtîlz, gold n jêdz, n rer xamplz v ilabṛtli inamld cloisonné.

A ričli culrd pêntñ fṛm ɖ ŕli Mñ iḷstrets ɖ simbolic grandyr n jı̣mtricl ōdr v Bêžñ’z nyli bilt Fbidn Siti. It wz t b ɖ impirı̣l sīt fr emprrz n ɖer hâsholdz fr ɖ folowñ fîv senčriz, n wz ɖ wrld’z ljst paḷscomplx.

Ātwrcs bî līdñ pêntrz rvil ɖ priokpešnz v Mñ ssayti’z culčṛl ilit, fṛm cwṭzanz t drīmz v iscep fṛm ofišl lîf. A c̣lẋn v lîfsîz pwtrits šo ɖ fêsz v ɖ Mñ’z edycetd ilit – men hu wr at ɖ vri top v ɖ lêt Mñ sošl ōdr.

Ɖ Mñ wz olso a pirı̣d v sošl trnsfmešn, rzultñ in a ʈrîvñ cnsymrculčr. Mni fwmz v vižl āt n handicraft flurišt. Bytifl frničr, myzicl instṛmnts, Bŭdist āṭfacts n îtmz v prsnl adwnmnt brñ t lîf ɖ eḷgnt têsts n cnsrnz v ɖs gildd êj. Invstigetñ ɖ prospṛs Mñ icoṇmi n its ifcts on sošl ōdr n culčṛl sistmz jrñ ɖ 16ʈ n 17ʈ senčriz, ɖ xibišn olso rflcts on ɖ leġsi ɖ Mñ hz left Čînīz culčr.”

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