On Monday 16 January a collection of Copyright Agency staff, myself included, attended the launch of the exhibition Two Generations – 20 years of Contemporary Chinese Art at Sydney’s Town Hall.
The exhibition is free to attend, so if you have the time please take a look. You can find out more about the exhibition – and how it forms part of Sydney’s 2012 Chinese New Year celebrations – at http://www.sydneychinesenewyear.com/event/red-gate-gallery-two-generations/
The exhibition features 20 years worth of work from 10 renowned artists from the Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, accompanied by works from a number of young, emerging artists. The Town Hall exhibition is open to the public until 28 January.
My personal favourite was the fibreglass sculpture, ‘Youth’, by Xie Fujin. Keep an eye out for it – although, it’s difficult to miss.
Red Gate Gallery was established in 1991 by Australian Brian Wallace. It’s one of the oldest and most respected, contemporary art galleries in China.
Listening in on some of the conversations around me on the night, it was clear that having this work exhibited in Sydney is of enormous significance, not only for China’s art community, but for the art world as a whole. Not long ago it was unthinkable such works would be on public display, but Chinese art has flourished over the last 20 years; and it’s clear that Brian and his Red Gate Gallery team have played an important role in supporting its growth.
Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund also played a role behind the scenes, supporting one of the artists and the curatorial exchange that complements the exhibition. In fact, this Cultural Fund activity is opening up opportunities for Australian art to feature in China, thanks to the hard work of Brian Wallace and Catherine Croll – it’s really exciting to see the two countries’ arts communities working so closely together.
– Post by Paul Murton, Copyright Agency