Regeneration - Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the US
HAI Bo » ZHANG Dali » ZHANG Huan » HU Jieming » HU Jieming » CHEN Lingyang » CHEN Shaoxiong » ZHOU Xiaohu » Liang ZHAO » QIU Zhijie » & others
Exhibition: 13 May – 12 Aug 2005
University Art Gallery, UCSD
9500 Gilman Drive Dept 0327
CA 92101 La Jolla
Since the mid-eighties, there has been a growing interest in contemporary Chinese art in the West. After the death of Mao Zedong in 1976, decades of isolationism and strict cultural restrictions that greatly influenced the production and exhibition of art gave way to a period of remarkable and fast-paced development. This new work, these unfamiliar artists, this recent “opening up” of a nation with over twenty percent of the world’s population has become of increasing interest internationally. Regeneration focuses on the work of twenty-six artists who reside in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, New York and Pennsylvania. While the work in this large survey is diverse and wide-ranging, the artists share some thematic concerns. Some employ or appropriate traditional Chinese art forms in new ways. Others investigate the significant recent social and cultural transformations occurring in China. All of the work represents the vital and rapid regeneration of contemporary life and culture in China. Regeneration includes some of the most exciting contemporary Chinese art being made today – ranging from artists who have been prominent in the international scene since the late 1980s to emerging artists who are currently being recognized internationally. This exhibition was organized by Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA; curated by Dan Mills and Xiaoze Xie.