It's clear that in recent years the Chinese contemporary art market (like the rest of the art market) has experienced an explosion of prosperity. This Thursday, 10 May 2007, two openings in New York City feature the works of various Chinese artists gaining recognition in the international art world.
Li Wei (above left) is just one of over 50 photographers exhibited at ChinaSquare in "Dragon's Evolution." In documenting the deluge of change occurring in China, the exhibit examines the entities that affect contemporary Chinese culture. Images of urban construction, globalization and sexual liberation convey a shift in China's cultural consciousness.
Two solo shows at the Tilton Gallery feature Chinese artists Feng Zhengie and Zhao Gang. Feng's first solo show in New York, his portraitsâinspired by the official portraits of Chairman Maoâplayfully combine western and Chinese traits. Commenting on globalization, he creates a somewhat awkward hybridized face using bright saturated colors (above right).
Like Feng, Zhao's work is also inspired by past events and icons. He reinterprets events like the Cultural Revolution and replicates traditional Chinese ink paintings using the medium as a vehicle to exaggerate, and at times mock, the iconic. View images of his work here. Both artists will be in attendance at the opening.
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