Intersection: International Art and Culture
Arthur M Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University, Beijing
27 May – 27 August 2018
She imaginatively links together disparate structures in an associative, appropriative weave, likening a moss ball, a decorative item in a formal baroque garden, to the view of the Earth from the point of view of an astonished astronaut seeing it from space for the first time as well as to the explosive sensuality that is Bernini’s Ecstasy of Saint Teresa and to his gilded architectural fantasias with their cascades of slender golden rods that represent rays of heavenly light. A gorgeous three-dimensional starburst (she calls it a “sputnik”) is affixed to the flat surface of her moss ball cum globe like a constellated brooch, tethered to a slender wire that traverses the gallery to the opposite wall, suggesting a divine shaft of light.
Interview by LILLY WEI
Filmed by MARTIN KENNEDY
Bao Pei, interview
Bao Pei uses ink and paper in the tradition of Chinese ink painting, but makes her work abstract, and uses knives instead of brushes because she believes the delivery of the ink, the markings, are more forceful that way, conveying greater emotional depth and range
Tai Xiangzhou, interview
Tai Xiangzhou is committed to a traditional lexicon, his ink paintings magnificent, deeply indebted to classic Chinese ink paintings while they simultaneously demonstrate the influence of baroque and mannerist paintings and contemporary practices
Patricia Guzman, interview
Patricia Guzman’s expertly executed realism makes her paintings appear photographic, as she documents faces that attract her sympathy, often closeup
Frieder Nake, interview
Frieder Nake’s work is from 1965, a pioneering example of computer art in which the image is wholly machine-generated. It has “zero meaning”, he likes to say, even if somewhat ironically. A series of black lines in a kind of sheaf is a reminder of the simple, if groundbreaking beginning of the genre, a far cry from what can be done today.
Cui Xiuwen (1967-2018)
Cui Xiuwen, one of the most important avant-garde artists from China, passed away yesterday, leaving behind a unique collection of artworks devoted to life. She was selfless and worked hard for the benefit of humanity