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Creative Arts Forum | Lynne Howarth-Gladston & Paul Gladston


Arts Forum is a public program of the School of Creative Arts and Media

Start Date

24 May 2019 12:30 pm

End Date

24 May 2019 1:30 pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre

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All current students and members of the public welcome

Zhang Peili, A Gust of Wind, 2008, 5 Channels Video Installation, 13'14''. Image courtesy of the artist and the Boers-Li Gallery.

A Closer Look at Contemporary Chinese Art

During the last four decades, contemporary Chinese art has become increasingly prominent on the international stage. Despite a series of high-profile exhibitions worldwide since the late 1980s and the international fame of the artist Ai Weiwei, the varied significances of contemporary Chinese art nevertheless remain largely obscure to audiences outside China. Contemporary Chinese art is not defined simply by concerns with political censorship within China. It also raises serious issues about the relationship of contemporary art to politics, society and cultural identity more widely. What sort of dialogue do contemporary Chinese artists have with western art and the art of the Chinese diaspora? How do they respond to China’s five- thousand-year history and civilization? In this talk internationally recognized experts on contemporary Chinese art and culture, Lynne Howarth-Gladston and Paul Gladston will respond to these and other questions by discussing contemporary Chinese art from differing international and localized Chinese perspectives. In doing so, they will seek to open up a broader transcultural understanding of contemporary Chinese art beyond the limited and often prejudicial view of the Euro-American artworld as well as restrictions imposed on the public showing and interpretation of contemporary art inside a still politically authoritarian China.

Dr Lynne Howarth-Gladston is an artist, curator and scholar. Lynne has exhibited her painting internationally and was lead curator of the exhibition New China/New Art: Contemporary Video from Shanghai and Hangzhou staged at the University of Nottingham’s Djanogly Gallery in 2015. Her PhD thesis is the first to engage critically with the work of the C19th botanical illustrator and traveller, Marianne North. She was an expert contributor to the BBC4 documentary, Kew’s Forgotten Queen: The Life of Marianne North (2016).

Prof Paul Gladston is the inaugural Judith Neilson Chair of Contemporary Art at the University of New South Wales. His recent book-length publications include Contemporary Chinese Art: A Critical History (2014), which received ‘best publication’ at the Award of Art China 2015. He was an academic adviser to the internationally acclaimed exhibition Art of Change: New Directions from China, staged at the Hayward Gallery in London in 2012. Paul’s forthcoming monograph, Contemporary Chinese Art, Aesthetic Modernity and Zhang Peili: Towards a Critical Contemporaneity will be published later this year.

Image credit: Zhang Peili, A Gust of Wind, 2008, 5 Channels Video Installation, 13'14''. Image courtesy of the artist and the Boers-Li Gallery.

Arts Forum is a weekly series of free public lectures held at the School of Creative Arts and Media, Hunter Street Campus, during the semester. The series provides a unique opportunity to hear local, national and international visiting artists, scholars and presenters from diverse sectors of the Creative Arts discuss their area of professional practice. All current students, prospective students, and members of the public are welcome.