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Twenty-one Chinese artists, including Zeng Fanzhi, Yue Minjun and Fang Lijun, have become the first group of appointed artists at the Contemporary Art Academy of China. Founded by the Chinese Ministry of Culture’s Chinese National Academy of Arts, CAAC is the first official organization devoted to the research of contemporary Chinese art. Though not everyone is happy:
Famous independent art critic Zhu Qi holds the same view as Chen, sharply criticizing the 21 artists involved as giving up their position as independent thinkers and art creators as they have now listed with the government.
“The vitality of Chinese avant-garde art to a very large extent lies in its criticism toward society and even the government and without such a spirit it is hard to say whether there will be still people interested in it,” Zhu said. (via China’s Global Times)
If an autocratic state like China can endorse and support contemporary art, then it is fair to ask if the art they are supporting is being critical at all or just more window dressing for China’s repressive policies.
The paper asks:
Since when is a kid’s chalk drawing “graffiti”? Since the City Council passed local law 111 in 2005, which defined “graffiti” as “any letter, word, name, number, symbol, slogan, message, drawing, picture, writing … that is drawn, painted, chiseled, scratched, or etched on a commercial building or residential building.”
In other words, Natalie Shea is not an artistic little girl, but a graffiti scofflaw?
In 1962, Andy Warhol desperately wanted to be like his accomplished new pal, Marisol.
An exhibition of Ambrose Rhapsody Murray’s collages of textiles and sequins seek to capture the essence of her Black women figures as spirits.
Presented by Japan Society and the Agency for Cultural Affairs in association with the Visual Industry Promotion Organization (VIPO), this hybrid film series continues through December 23.
Saldamando portrays people isolated at home, waiting out a public health crisis.
Throughout 2021, Indigenous water protectors and climate justice groups have distributed copyright-free artworks supporting recent anti-pipeline protests in Minnesota.
An art historian and food and wine writer, Leonard Barkan roves from Pompeiian mosaics to Bible passages to Shakespearean plays in search of food and drink.
Nothing is more boring than reducing Italian American identity into stereotypes, but artist John Avelluto avoids that with his wide-ranging aesthetic appetite.
This affordable, interdisciplinary program with excellent facilities and private studios offers in-person instruction for 2022.
“A Fountain for Survivors” is a protective, pink cocoon in New York City’s busiest district.
75% of NFTs sell for an average of $15, study says.
Online, people are calling the courtroom drawing of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged accomplice “creepy” and “horrific.”