Chinese Art on a Pier in the Hudson this Weekend
This year’s Armory Show—a big-deal art fair on two Hudson River piers, named for (but not related to) the 1913 Armory Show that’s credited with introducing Modern art to America—has a focus on Chinese contemporary art, with 20 artists from 17 galleries. (Here’s W Global Watch D12-03 by Wang Luyan, one of three artists presented by Beijing’s Pékin Fine Arts.)
One hopes the selections will get across that there is more to Chinese art than kitsch and Mao suits; that not everything has to be overtly political. According to an interview with Randian, “among [the] younger artists—He Xiangyu, Li Shurui, Zhao Yao, Lu Pingyuan, and Liang Shuo—I think you see a sensibility that I’ve been very interested in lately, which is art that speaks to a Chinese situation and conditions but doesn’t actually look Chinese on the surface. That’s I think a defining method for this younger generation, the so-called ‘On/Off’ generation,” says Philip Tinari, who curated the China section of the show and is director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, one of the top spots in Beijing’s 798 Art Zone.
Platform China, also in Beijing, presents what they call the “Northern Salon,” meant to evoke a salon for trading ideas about art and featuring six painters, many reflecting on Socialist Realist traditions, from the Dongbei (northeast) region. Each day, a space within the booth will have a different mini-exhibition of an artist or two, such as Sunday’s “Testing the World Through Painting – Song Yuanyuan.” (Song’s Poor Studio, Door Factory is below).