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Wu Guanzhong: Chinese art news, June 26-July 2

July 2, 2010

Painting master Wu Guanzhong (1919-2010) passed away at age 90 (or age 91 by Chinese reckoning). Several obituaries have appeared in the international press, from the New York Times to Xinhua.net, and a memorial site has also apppeared. Wu’s death comes a few months into an exhibition of his recent work that is currently on display at the Hong Kong Museum of Art, and the Asia Society Museum has revealed that it will continue with its current plans for the first Wu Guanzhong retrospective in New York. Asia Society Museum director Melissa Chiu provided a wonderful tribute to Wu Guanzhong in her narrated slideshow:

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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*This week’s website article looked at Chinese art at the 1904 St. Louis Expo.

*On July 1, China adopted new stricter rules for auctioning cultural relics.

*After Expo 2010 Shanghai, the Shanghai Biennale plans a global perspective to draw crowds.

*The Terracotta Army blockbuster show opened at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, as a miniature chocolate version arrive in Taiwan.

*Two Chinese architects are among the finalists for Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and contemporary artist Cao Fei is among the nominees for the Future Generation Art Prize.

*Contemporary Chinese art is the hot new design hook, from vodka bottles to watches.

*Zheng He’s tomb was discovered in Nanjing, minus Zheng He. But his remains weren’t looted: he died in India.

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New Resources added this week:

*Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Photo-Essay on the Great Leap Forward, 1958

*Artists page in the resources. I’m collecting the websites of Chinese artists – please leave a comment below if you have one to add.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Julia permalink
    July 11, 2010 7:05 pm

    Thank you for the slide show. I saw the obit and wanted to see Wu Guanzhong’s contribution to the blend of western andAsian art.

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