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Tag: Chinese art

Sydney Morning Herald Column

White Rabbit: A Blueprint for Ruins

Saturday, March 2nd, 2024 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

On a first visit to Suzhou, years ago, I was looking forward to seeing this city of historic canals and gardens. Arriving at night, I wasn’t prepared for the long approach to the CBD, down a boulevard lined with massive buildings, or the skyscrapers that dominated the skyline. I wasn’t prepared, but I should have […]

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In Our Time: Four Decades of Art from China and Beyond. The Geoff Raby Collection

Saturday, February 17th, 2024 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Many who have lived and worked in China over the past 30 years, have stories about the painting they could have bought for a few hundred dollars that is now worth hundreds of thousands. Geoff Raby, who was Australia’s ambassador to China from 2007-2011, had more opportunities than most, inhabiting a social circle that extended […]

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White Rabbit: I Am the People

Saturday, August 12th, 2023 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

In China, art is constantly flirting with politics. It’s a game of approach-and-retreat everywhere in evidence in the new White Rabbit exhibition, I Am the People, which features 27 artists or groups of artists. It’s one of curator, David Williams’s most ambitious, most overtly political shows – perhaps not as attractive or spectacular as some […]

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The Return of Hong Kong

Tuesday, April 4th, 2023 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Roll the clock back four years to 2019. In Hong Kong, Art Basel was consolidating the island’s reputation as the heart of the international art market in Asia. The gargantuan West Kowloon Cultural District was starting to emerge but was still largely a building site. The world’s leading commercial galleries were opening branches, hoping to […]

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White Rabbit: Shuo Shu

Tuesday, February 14th, 2023 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

In pre-literate societies the storyteller had everyone’s attention. The role grew in importance as communities became more cultivated, with public recitations being valued as forms of education and entertainment. The ancient Greeks, for instance, had their rhapsodes who would recite Homer to enthusiastic audiences. The Chinese have a long tradition of public storytelling, often accompanied […]

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Ultra Unreal

Tuesday, August 9th, 2022 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Things have been quiet at the Museum of Contemporary Art this year, but Ultra Unreal aims at a reboot. It’s an exhibition that pushes beyond the contemporary, drawing us into virtual realms, both futuristic and animistic. These imaginary worlds have been created by new technology and populated with supernatural beings. It all sounds breathlessly exciting. […]

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White Rabbit: I Loved You

Tuesday, July 26th, 2022 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Anybody who has seen the Marriage Market in Shanghai’s People Park will never imagine the Chinese as a nation of desperate romantics. Every weekend the Market is swarming with parents eager secure an advantageous match for their son or daughter. One gets the impression that marriage is primarily an economic transaction, with love being a […]

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White Rabbit: Big in China

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

It seems that everything is big in China apart from the Olympic flame. In a country in which the number of people and the staggering pace of development are overwhelming, it was surprising that the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Winter Olympics ended with two athletes placing a teensy-weensy flame into a giant-sized snowflake. I […]

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The Way We Eat

Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

In the western world we greet someone with the words: “How are you?” but in China they say: “Have you eaten?” It testifies to the central importance of food in Chinese culture – and perhaps the difficulties of getting enough of it over the past 5,000 years. The Way We Eat at the Art Gallery […]

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White Rabbit: Lumen

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Lumens may sound like alien beings from a science fiction novel but they are units of measurement for “the total quantity of visible light emitted by a source per unit of time.” Any light source may be measured in this way but lumens are usually spoken about in relation to projectors. By titling its current […]