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Guy and Myriam Ullens: Chinese art news, July 17-25

July 26, 2010

As Guy and Myriam Ullens continue to receive increasing press coverage for the sales of their top-notch classical collection, they are again in the news again thanks to their loan of Yuan dynasty painter Wang Zhenpeng’s (act. 1280-1329) 1328 handscroll Glimpses of Grandeur: Vista of the Yuan Landscape to be exhibited at the Baur Foundation’s Museum of Far Eastern Art in Geneva. The founders of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), they are also actively encouraging Chinese contemporary art, most recently with contemporary female artist Yu Hong’s “Golden Sky” and Zhang Huan’s “Hope Tunnel” currently on display there.

The BBC World Service interviewed artist and architect Ai Weiwei, whose work will soon appear in the Unilever Series at the Tate Modern.

Chinese civilization – complete with written characters, bronzeware, and cities – may have begun around 4200 BCE, 500 years earlier than scholars originally believed.

The Today Art Museum might be the place to find the next Hot Young Chinese Contemporary Artist as s/he “transitions from student to society.”

What is ink painting the 21st century? Liang Quan responds.

Contemporary calligrapher Jeanyee Wong celebrated her 90th birthday by speaking about her art form.

Taiwanese artist Ju Ming’s “Living World Series” displays his large-scale sculptures in a solo exhibition at Beijing’s National Art Museum of China (NAMOC). Also at NAMOC right now are Zhong Zhangfa’s contemporary ink landscapes and Zhou Shunkai’s history paintings, calligraphy inspired by the Poyang Lake region, and 70+ paintings by Yunan artist Shu Jianxin.

All 1000 shares of China’s first publicly traded art portfolio may have sold out, but Jing Daily believes it is important that these portfolios diversify toward more multi-million-dollar “blue-chip” artists.

“Tradition Transformed” at the Rubin Museum of Art presents the first US exhibition of contemporary Tibetan art.

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