Curated by Cathy Fan, the Chief Editor of Artnet China, “Yet, Only Voice Echoed” is a poetic journey of translation between text and image, ancient and contemporary, as well as East and West, while challenging and complicating these simplistic divisions in the process. It will be on view through Aug. 21.
Madame Figaro invited Fu Qiumeng to write a column about classical Chinese culture. In her article, Fu talks about how artists of the ancient and contemporary periods address the theme of reclusion, a classical theme in Chinese literati culture. She contextualizes this theme with the philosophy of Confucianism and Daoism. Based on this framework, she compares two sets of paintings—Wu Zhen’s Fisherman (《芦滩钓艇图》) (ca. 1530) and two photographs from Michael Cherney’s (add link to artist page) series Eight Views of the Xiao Xiang (Eight Views of the Xiao Xiang- Fishing Village in Evening Glow《潇湘八景之渔村落照》(2008–2009) and Eight Views of the Xiao Xiang- Mountain Market, Clearing Mist《潇湘八景之山市晴岚》(2008–2009)), Bada Shanren’s Simple and Solitary（《古澹萧寥》）(1864) and Yau Wing Fung’s (add link to artist page) Mirage VI (《蜃境-六》) (2019). According to Fu, reclusion does not necessarily mean the separation from society. Rather, it can be a gesture of resistance. By taking one step back, literati may find a profound way of connecting with their mind and nature, which inspires their cultural production in various forms.
Eight handscrolls from Michael Cherney’s Ten Thousand Li of the Yangzi River series are on view at the Shandong Art Museum as part of the First Jinan International Biennial. This biennial lasts from December 13, 2020 to March 12, 2021. Entitled “Power of Harmony”, it presents 596 pieces of artworks from 132 artists.
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Catch a glimpse of life—Liang Quan , 2020, 1 min 27 s
Video: Liang Quan
Editor: Q Lin
Catch a glimpse of life—Liang Quan
“When I went back to Shanghai to move to a new place to live, I came across a wooden washboard that had been used by my grandmother. And I had a moment of enlightenment. The structure of a washboard is like a mounted painting. The upper and lower parts of a washboard are comparable to the silk brocades mounted above and below a painting; and the part in the middle of a washboard is just like a painting surface.”
In the past two months, we have invited our artists to record video
Catch a glimpse of life—Wang Mansheng , 2020, 9 min 30 s
Video: Wang Mansheng
Editor: Q Lin
Catch a glimpse of life—Wang Mansheng
“Lately, I have gathered the seeds I collected before. I have been doing research on these seeds. Then I will determine how to proceed with my painting”
In the past two months, we have invited our artists to record video clips that offer glimpses of their life and thoughts during quarantine. In this video, Wang Mansheng will talk about his neighborhood, his everyday life and thoughts, as well as his latest album, a tribute to one of the artist’s friends who had passed away.
Wang started practicing calligraphy and digging deep into
Catch a glimpse of life—Michael Cherney , 2020, 1 min 56s
Video: Michael Cherney
Editor: Q Lin
Catch a glimpse of life—Michael Cherney
“My photographic travels in China are a means of immersing myself in art history; the heart-mind learns from the eyes.”
In the past two months, we have invited our artists to record video clips that offer glimpses of their life and thoughts during quarantine. In this video, viewers will listen to a poem read by artist Michael Cherney. The poem is entitled “A Step at a Time” and written by W. S. Merwin. In this video, Cherney said, “ It [The poem] explains why I miss in the landscape doing photography, but also