Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Two Generations – 20 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art

Two Generations – 20 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art
Touring Exhibition and Cultural Exchange Project 2012

Australian audiences are in for a visual treat following the announcement that the iconic Red Gate Gallery in Beijing will be staging a national tour featuring some of China’s best contemporary artists as a part of 'Experience China - The Year of Chinese Culture in Australia’.

Established in 1991 by Australian, Brian Wallace Red Gate Gallery is China's oldest and most respected contemporary art gallery. Since opening its doors at Dongbianmen Ming Dynasty Watchtower, Red Gate has been recognised as a pioneer, engaged in the promotion of the Chinese contemporary art scene internationally.

'Two Generations' features the work of 11 senior Red Gate Gallery artists who have each nominated a young emerging artist they admire for inclusion in the exhibition. The works of the two generations of artists are being shown side by side to celebrate the achievement of one generation and to herald the promise of the next. This eclectic and meaningful exhibition will showcase a diverse range and medium of works reflecting the dynamic and ever-evolving art scene to include paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture and installation.

Sponsored by Art Monthly, Newcastle University, CAL Cultural Fund, Cultural Partnerships Australia, DFAT, Experience China (Ministry of Culture),Centre for International Cultural Exchange (China), City of Sydney - Chinese New Year Festival .

In conjunction with the touring exhibition we plan to bring 'Two Generations' artists to attend the exhibition openings and participate in public forums and ‘Artists Residencies’ being planned by our partner organisations and educational institutions during the exhibition period.

With the assistance of the Copyright Agency Limited we will host a number of young Chinese curators to work alongside Catherine Croll in managing each exhibition. The curators will be introduced to gallery directors and established, emerging and Indigenous Australia artists with a view to having them hold exhibitions and residencies by Australian artists in China in the future.

Two Generations - The Venues

· Chinese New Year – Sydney Town Hall January 18 to 29
· Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree – February 4 to 26
· Art Month (Sydney) – Damien Minton Gallery - March 12 to 26
· University of Newcastle Gallery – March 30 to April 20
· Linton and Kay Gallery (Perth) – June 15 to July 6
· Melbourne International Fine Art (MiFA) July 15 – August 8

Two Generations - The Artists

Senior exhibition artists: Chen Qingqing, Guan Wei, Li Gang, Liu Qinghe, Lu Peng, Su Xinping, Tan Ping, Wang Lifeng, Wang Yuping, Zheng Xuewu and Zhou Jirong.

Nominated emerging artists: Song Ying, Zhu Yu, He Zubin, Hang Chunhui, Zhu Peihong, Chen Chen, Xie Fujin, Chen Ke, Li Xiang, Kong Liang.

In addition to this we have included the next generation of Red Gate Artists - Chen Yufei, Han Qing, Jiang Weitao, Liu Dao, Shi Zhongying, Xie Guoping and Zhou Jun. All of whom have been recipients of the 3 month Red Gate Gallery Chinese Artist Residency, a philanthropic program designed to allow artists from provincial areas to experience the vibrant Beijing art scene.

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