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Asian Contemporary Art Week Starts May 10th

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A Chinese artist, Qiu Zhijie, is included in the highlights below. HIS work is excellent, socially-minded, and technologically innovative. I am no critic, but his work ideologically reminds me a bit of the work of the female artist Yin Xiuzhen. Both focus on the transcience of social constructions. Of course they are of the same generation, born only 6 years apart, for which such subjects are not out of the ordinary (Qui was born in 1969 and Yin in 1963).

Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) also has a great blog with artist interviews. There is an interesting one from a couple of weeks ago with another Chinese artist,  Jian-Jun Zhang. Women are not scare at ACAW as a number of female artists are prominently represented. I have not come close to looking at every artist included, but it appears that women from China are not well represented. This may simply be a matter of probability: there are very few prominent female artists from China, therefore to make it into a list of the top Asian artists is difficult.

Here are the participating venues:

Ana Tzarev Gallery
Art Projects International*
Arts. i Gallery / Religare Arts Initiative
Asia Society and Museum*
Bose Pacia*
Chambers Fine Art
The Chelsea Art Museum
Ch’i Contemporary Fine Art
China Institute*
Crossing Art
Daneyal Mahmood Gallery
Dean Project
Eli Klein Fine Art
Ethan Cohen Fine Arts*
Gallery 456
Gallery Korea
Gana Art Gallery
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum*
Indo-American Arts Council, Inc.
Japan Society*
Kips Gallery
Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery
The Museum of Modern Art
M. Sutherland Fine Arts, Ltd.
M.Y. Art Prospects
Queens Museum of Art
Rubin Museum of Art
Sepia International / The Alkazi Collection*
Sundaram Tagore Gallery
Taipei Cultural Center
Tamarind Art Council
THE Gallery
Thomas Erben Gallery*
Tyler Rollins Fine Art

From the ACAW website:

Get the best of the best in Asian art today! Over 200 artists present their works at 35 museums and galleries across New York City. Programs include open portfolios, artist talks, panel discussions, video screenings, and performances alongside exhibitions at leading New York galleries and museums. This is the sixth Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW).

This year’s highlights include:
• Conversation: What’s ahead for Asian contemporary art? With Documenta 13 curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, artist Lee Mingwei (Taiwan/US) and Melissa Chiu at Asia Society (May 11)
• Qiu Zhijie (China) and Alexandra Munroe at China Institute (May 12)
• Lisa Ross and Nan Goldin at Daneyal Mahmood Gallery (May 14)
• Jakkai Siributr (Thailand) at Rubin Museum of Art (May 15)
• Almagul Menlibayeva (Kazakhstan), Esra Ersen (Turkey) and Lara Baladi (Lebanon) with Iftikhar Dadi, Leeza Ahmady, and Reem Fadda at Asia Society (May 17)
• Muratbek Djumaliev and Gulnara Kasmalieva (Kyrgyzstan) at the Museum of Modern Art (May 18)


Written by Andrea Descoteaux Hugg

May 7, 2009 at 4:08 AM

Upcoming Exhibit at the Henry Art Gallery to Feature Prominent Chinese Female Artist

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This summer, visitors and residents of Seattle will get the opportunity to see an exhibit featuring one of China’s brightest female stars, Cao Fei. Cao has received a lot of international attention since she entered the professional arena in 2003. She is young, and while much of her work looks at the alteration of traditional life in her native Guangzhou, she is not restrained by traditional ideals of femininity. Her work uses technology to examine and deconstruct social developments in cutting edge fashions.

Business As Usual: New Video from China / Cao Fei and Yang Fudong

North Galleries

July 11, 2009October 4, 2009

The Henry’s promotion of the exhibit notes:

Cao Fei and Yang Fudong both address the emergence of a new middle class in China. Contemporary artists in China are employing a range of media to explore the experience of living in a rapidly changing urban environment. Globalization has brought them into contact with Western contemporary art, but their concerns remain specific to present-day China.

Business As Usual originated at the ASU Art Museum, January 31 – May 4, 2008. Subsequent venues include the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, July 11 – October 4, 2009; the Indianapolis Museum of Art, May 15 – August 16, 2009; and the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma, October 17, 2010 – January 9, 2011.

A good colleague and friend, Judy Newland of ASU, has put me in contact with one of the original curators of this exhibit, Heather Lineberry (Marilyn Zeitlin is retired). With a little luck, Dr. Lineberry’s interview to follow!!

Written by Andrea Descoteaux Hugg

May 5, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Directory of 61+ Women English-language China Bloggers

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Elliot Ng has compiled a list at Bloggers of blogs written by expatriate women writing primarily in English about China. From his post:


Have you ever noticed that most English-language China blogs are written by men?  While the universe of women English China blogs may be smaller, these blogs add voices that may hint at the differences in experience between foreign men and women in China.  As a start, we compiled a directory of 48 61 women who blog about China primarily in English.  Most of these bloggers are currently in China but some are not.  The list also includes group blogs and anonymous blogs.

Preface, questions, and thanks

Last week, after my post about Eclectic China Blogs–offering an antidote to the “standard business and current affairs white-dude-in-China blogs”– an interesting blog and email conversation emerged between Adam Minter, Laurence Sheed, Fiona Lee, and myself about why there seem to be fewer women writing English-language blogs about China.

Do women bring a different and distinct voice to the English-language China blogosphere?  Why do expatriate men in China blog?  Do expatriate women blog for different reasons?  What do women choose to express that men do not?  And other way around?

I started to organize a list of English-language blogs about China written by women.  So first, thanks: this directory was compiled with the help of numerous people, including contributions from: James of iSpyShanghai, The Gal at Global Gal,  Diana Kuan of Appetite for China, Fiona Lee of quirkyBeijing, Adam Minter of Shanghai Scrap, and Rebekah Pothaar of and Shanghaiist5/5 Update: added a few from Joel Martinsen of and Chris Horton.

Among the various categories, still being developed by Ng, one finds three blogs listed as arts and culture focused, the first two of which focus on plastic fine arts (the third one is a theater blog):

arts and culture

Lee Ambrosy –
Katherine Don –
Elyse Ribbons –

In this forum, we may ask:

How do these women interpret the marginalization of female artists? Do they feel themselves on the fringes of the art scene, more so than an expatriated male might? Do they highlight female artists? How do they define the role of women in the arts in China?

Written by Andrea Descoteaux Hugg

May 5, 2009 at 2:44 PM