Monday, February 24, 2014

Teaching Chinese Art in 2016, the Year of the Monkey

Bu Hua, AD 3012 - 8, giclee print, 54 x 375cm, image courtesy the artist
Updated questions, new images and (I hope) a more user-friendly interface: this is what you will now find when you click on the tabs for each artist page. More artists coming very soon - including Bu Hua (Animation, Design, Painting and Printmaking) and Han Yajuan (Painting and Sculpture) as well as links to the Case Studies and Education Resources I have produced for Sydney's White Rabbit Gallery. These include Xu Zhen, Wang Lei, He Xiangyu and Guo Jian. Click HERE to see the White Rabbit Gallery education page

And all this is now linked to my full website: which features interviews, reviews, articles, links to interesting resources and much more.

Why would you NOT study contemporary Chinese art? After all, it's pretty much the most dynamic, interesting and extraordinary art being made in the world today! It's 'The Art of Now'!

In Chinese: Bu Jian Bu San! 不见不散! Be There or Be Square!

见不散 Be There or Be Squar

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Ways to use the Art of Now in the classroom

Sculptor Gao Rong in her Beijing studio, October 2013, image Luise Guest reproduced with permission of the artist

Last weekend I presented my theories about how to encourage to students to write authentic, interested and fully engaged and knowledgeable accounts of contemporary art which do not rely on second-hand information, or (God forbid!) plagiarism. Ways to avoid that instant reaction that all the world's knowledge can be found without too much effort or thought with a Google search. Ways to insist on an unmediated response to the artwork itself in the first instance, followed by good solid research and guided inquiry. And ways to re-engage the disengaged student with artworks that are so compelling and interesting that they provide 'the hook'!

Here is a link to  the slides from that presentation:

Remember that this site can be used in multiple ways by teachers and students. Just click on the tabs at the top to select your chosen artist, or the background context "The Art of Revolution". More detailed advice is contained in "How to use this site"

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

北京日记:艺术家和工作室 Beijing Diary: Artists and Studios

In the Beijing studio of artist Bingyi Huang, her assistants unroll a 30-metre long ink painting -
a cross between painting, site-specific installation and performance work, or as the artist describes it "ritual"
Photograph Luise Guest reproduced with permission of the artist

Friday, January 4, 2013

Why learn about contemporary art in China?

Because it is so exciting, so new, so constantly changing and so important!

Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong are recognised as three of the key art centres on the planet and their importance in the art market and the field of contemporary art continues to grow. Taipei continues to develop as a newer art centre and some of the most interesting artists practising in a range of disciplines are working in Taiwan.

This blog contains teaching/learning resources on contemporary artists practising in China (the PRC, Hong Kong and Taiwan) right now. It includes painters, sculptors, photomedia artists and artists who work conceptually, in documenting performance works,multimedia, installation and a wide range of other expressive forms.

It includes some artists whose work is well known internationally, and for whom there is already a great wealth of research resources. It also includes artists who WILL be well known in the future, emerging artists whose work is developing in exciting directions.

It includes images of their work, interviews with the artists, extracts of critical writing and questions that can be adapted for Visual Arts students at different levels, and for different curruculum models.

It is searchable, and will grow over time as more interviews are conducted and more artists are added.

It includes links to other websites, including my blog and links to other useful resources in this field including galleries, publications, pinterest boards, video clips and blogs.

Newsflash: it now links to my main website

Click on the 'About' tab for more detailed information about ways to use the blog, and about other resources or teaching and learning ideas.

Click on the 'Art of Revolution' tab for some background information explaining where contemporary art in China came from and how it developed.

Each artist has a tab which will take you to their page. Each page could form the basis of a senior Visual Arts Case Study. Two or more artists could be compared to form comparitive art historical or critical essays.

The artists and their diverse practices will also provide sources of ideas and inspiration for student artworks and bodies of work.

Zhang Xiaogang, Big Family, oil on canvas, image source: Saatchi Gallery UK
The pages on artists Hu Qinwu, Liang Yuanwei, Lam Tung-pang, Carol Lee Mei-kuen. Shi Zhiying and Pu Jie originated with learning materials produced as a result of the NSW Premier's Kingold Chinese Creative Arts Travelling Scholarship in 2011.