|Shi Zhiying, 'Mr Palomar', Chinese ink on paper, image reproduced courtesy of the artist|
I have been thinking, reading, writing, eating, drinking, breathing Chinese art since my return from Beijing and Shanghai. Even more than usual, that is. I returned with my head bursting with ideas and quite overwhelmed with information about the artists I had met and interviewed. What to do with all this material has been the dilemma. I am developing a new blog for art teachers and art students, with separate pages and posts representing possible case studies about specific contemporary Chinese artists. And planning a book. And impatiently planning my next trip to Beijing. And ordering a ridiculous number of new Chinese art books online. And making a New Year's Resolution to study Chinese for one hour every day - a resolution I had abandoned by January 3. And reluctantly facing the realities of life, such as earning a living!
In the meantime I have been reviewing exhibitions, and writing some pieces based on my Chinese artist interviews - here is the start of one of them, posted by Sydney University's 'Artspace China' this week. Of course I am secretly hoping that if you read the beginning you'll want to read all of it, so here goes...
|Gao Ping, Untitled, Oil on Canvas, image reproduced courtesy of the artist and China Art Projects|
|Shi Zhiying, Mr Palomar, Chinese ink on rice paper, image reproduced courtesy of the artist|