The major contemporary academic art activity of Guan Shanyue Art Museum of the year: “On the Road • 2014: Nominated Chinese Young Artists Exhibition and Young Critics Forum” will first be unveiled at Guan Shanyue Art Musuem on December 27, 2014, and will then be presented in Chongqing, Wuhan, Beijing, Shanghai and so on in 2015.
I “On the Road • 2014: Nominated Chinese Young Artists Exhibition and Young Critics Forum”
“On the Road” is a continuing subject of contemporary art, aimed at constantly sorting out and accumulating a contemporary art documentary centered on the Post-1970s and Post-1980s, to discover and discuss the emerging problems of contemporary art. “On the Road” has a plan that takes different mediums as the itemized basis in the early years, starting from oil painting in 2013, focusing on the new ink in 2014 and will focus on new media in 2015. “On the Road” is an enterprise for the youths, in addition to the targeted groups that are the young artists and related art phenomenon, the major participators of the forum and event planning are young critics. In 2014, selected by Yan Weixin, Wu Hongliang, Director of the Art Museum of Beijing Fine Art Academy, “Art and Wealth” Editor in Chief Zhu Xiaojun and Sheng Wei, Zhang Xinying joined the curatorial team and was supported by the senior ink painters such as Wang Tiande, Liu Qinghe, Xu Lei, Zhang Yu and more than 30 critics such as Zhang Zikang, Viki Lulu, Gao Ling, He Guiyan, Fu Xiaodong, and Wang Dongdong. Concentrating on the visit, observation, research, combing through, editing and publication of a documentary of more than 160 nominated artists, it selected 40 young artists for the sample exhibitions which are combined with exhibitions to hold an academic forum themed on “The History of Contemporary Ink Painting, Scenes and Writing”. After this, each session of activity will accordingly adjust the curatorial team depending on the category and theme of the activity. “On the Road” is sponsored by Shenzhen Special Fund Project for Propaganda and Cultural Development, starting from Shenzhen in 2013, supported and assisted by Dadao Art Fund, Shenzhen Branch of China Mobile Communications Corporation in 2014, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, in cooperation with other art institutions such as Chongqing Art Museum, Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum present it in Chongqing, Wuhan, Beijing, Shanghai, etc.
II Focus on Youth and Categorizing History: Culture Responsibility of the Art Museum
The Art Museum is a nonprofit cultural institution open to the public, playing a more and more important role in the construction of the country and culture. The activities include the early nomination of critics, the editing and publication of a documentary, a month of a sample nomination exhibition and a one-day forum of youth critics.
III Historical Perspective: Starting from the Medium to categorize a Single Medium’s Documentary of the Times
The early years of “On the Road” are arranged according to medium, based on oil painting, ink painting, print or new media in the planning of the exhibition, with a different category each year, and launches a comprehensive documentary exhibition in the 5th year, centrally presenting and discussing the academic issues reflected in the activities in these four years.
IV Together on the Road: the Common Business of Art Museums, Young Artists and Critics
The targeted artists of “On the Road” are positioned in the Post-1970s and Post-1980s art groups located in the creative prime time and have never been deeply combed through in historiography.
V “On the Road” = Ecological Observation + Academic Discussion
“Chinese Young Critics Forum” is an important part of the whole activity, through a series of forums, a deep discussion has been conducted on the art ecology of youth and the reflected academic issues. In 2014, what is the new issue for new ink? Where is the kernel of value and the bottom line? What performances does new ink make? The theoretical construction and historical writing of new ink, etc., which will be emphatically discussed.
VI The New Media Age, the Activity Itself Also Reflects the Characteristics of the Digital Time
In terms of curating and operating idea of the exhibition, the event highlights the characteristics of the digital operation, the designing of special dynamic web pages (http://onroad.gsyart.com), all the work of the nomination process and the review which is finished by using networks. In addition, the QR Code, APP digital gallery, Wechat, microblog, etc., will serve as important extensions of the subject activity, further developing the audiences to the whole activity, so that more audiences can understand the entire contents of the activity through a more convenient method.
About the Exhibition
Nominating Experts of “On the Road • 2014” (in the order of surname)
Wang Tiande: Senior ink painter, Head of the School of Communication Design at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, Fudan University
Wang Dongdong: Curator and editor
Fu Xiaodong: Independent curator, Director of Space Station
Feng Bin: Director of the Art Museum of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute
Zhu Xiaojun: Deputy President of “Investment and Financial Management” magazine, Executive Director of Dadao Art Fund
Liu Libin: Associate Research Fellow of the Institute of Fine Arts, CAFA
Liu Qinghe: Tutor, Professor of the School of Chinese Painting, CAFA
Sun Zhenhua: Professor and Ph.D. supervisor of the Department of Sculpture, China Academy of Art, the visiting professor and tutor of CAFA
Zhang Zikang: Deputy Director of the National Art Museum of China, senior critic and curator
Zhang Yu: Senior ink painter
Wu Hongliang: Director of the Art Museum of Beijing Fine Art Academy, Director of Qi Baishi Memorial Hall
He Guiyan: Associate Professor of the Research of Fine Arts Department, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, tutor
Zhang Xinying: Head of the Academic Department of Guan Shanyue Art Museum, curator, researcher
Yang Wei: critic
Chen Jun: Director and Researcher of the Research Department, Shenzhen Fine Art Institute
Chen Xiangbo: Senior artist, curator of Guan Shanyue Art Museum,
Viki Lulu: Senior critic, curator
Zhou Yi: Art Director of Inside-Out Art Museum
Yu Ke: Professor of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, tutor
Hu Bin: Associate Professor of the College of Art and Humanities, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts
Gao Ling: Adjunct Associate professor of the School of Design and Arts, Beijing Institute of Technology
Xu Lei: Senior ink painter
Gao Peng: Director of Today Art Museum
Sheng Wei: Deputy Editor-in-Chief of “Fine Arts”
Lu Hong: Senior critic, curator
Jin Weihong: Senior critic, curator
Ji Shaofeng: Deputy Director of the Hubei Museum of Art, senior critic, curator
Title: “On the Road • 2014: Chinese Young Artists Nominated Exhibition and Young Critics Forum”
Duration: December 27, 2014 – January 20, 2015
Opening: at 16:00 on December 27, 2014
Forum: on December 28, 2014
Venue: the ground floor and 3rd floor of Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen
Host: Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Shenzhen
Support Unit: Shenzhen Special Fund Project for Propaganda and Cultural Development
Courtesy of the artists and Guan Shanyue Art Museum, translated by Chen Peihua and edited by Sue/CAFA ART INFO.