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Yishu Editor-in-Chief Keith Wallace to Present the Fifth Yishu Awards and to Host “What China?” at Art Basel Hong Kong

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Yishu will be participating in Asia Art Archive’s Open Platform at Art Basel Hong Kong on March 24, 4-5:30pm. We will be presenting the Fifth Yishu Awards for Critical Writing on Contemporary Chinese Art followed by a discussion titled “What China?” Please come and join us at the AAA Booth P9, Institutions and Bookstores Area on Level 1 Concourse.

Date: March 24, 4-5:30pm

Venue: AAA Booth P9, Institutions and Bookstores Area on Level 1 Concourse, Art Basel, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

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“What China?”

Host: Keith Wallace, Editor-in-Chief, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Vancouver

Participants:

Stephanie Bailey, Senior Editor, Ibraaz; Contributing Editor, LEAP; Editor-at-large, Ocula

Dong Bingfeng, Artistic Director, OCAT Institute, Beijing

Ingrid Chu, AAA Public Programmes Curator

Julie Chun, Art Historian, Royal Asiatic Society China, Shanghai

Diana Freundl, Associate Curator, Asian Art, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver

Lesley Ma, Curator of Ink, M+, Hong Kong

Zheng Shengtian, Managing Editor, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art

Key issues including ethnicity, nationhood, political will, globalization, cultural investment, and the art market. A discussion on the complexities inherent in attempting to describe, discuss, and challenge the definition of contemporary Chinese art. How has the designation of “Chinese” in contemporary Chinese art become a generalization that sidesteps the acknowledgement of differing, and at times contradictory, histories not only within mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, but also its extensive diaspora?

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About the Fifth Yishu Awards for Critical Writing on Contemporary Chinese Art

Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art is pleased to announce the recipients of the Fifth Yishu Awards for Critical Writing on Contemporary Chinese Art. Two jurors who have an extensive history with contemporary Chinese art each were invited to make one autonomous recommendation: Julia F. Andrews, Distinguished University Professor of Art History at Ohio State University, who has long experience with writing about and curating exhibitions of contemporary Chinese art, selected Lesley Ma. Gao Shiming, an internationally renowned scholar, curator, and critic on contemporary Chinese art, selected Dong Bingfeng. Each award carries a value of $5,000 CAD. Past award recipients include Maya Kóvskaya and Sheng Wei, in 2010; Zhu Qi and Huang Zhuan, in 2011; Lu Peng and Yu-Ling Chou, in 2012; and Cui Cancan and Anthony Yung, in 2013.

The Yishu Awards for Critical Writing on Contemporary Chinese Art are important to the mandate of Yishu, which recognizes a diversity of voices that are expressed through a variety of writing styles addressing the specific issues that are of interest to them. The Awards were established to encourage and recognize emerging writers who are making an outstanding contribution to understanding the history and current issues that surround the vast realm of contemporary Chinese art.

Image: (left) Lesley Ma, (right) Dong Bingfeng.

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