Michael Young (@mrmichaelyoung) — Contributing editor ArtAsiaPacific magazine.
Contributor Asian Art Newspaper.
Contributor Asian Art Newspaper.
15 March 2019. My review of Chinese artist Xiao Lu's current Sydney exhibition at 4A Gallery just published in Art Asia Pacific magazine, www.artasiapacific.com. Lu stumbled into notoriety and infamy when she fired a gun at her installation exhibit of two telephones at the opening in 1989 of the seminal group show of contemporary Chinese art , 'China/Avant-Garde' in Beijing. Needless to say the show was immediately shut down and Lu and her then boyfriend arrested. Both eventually fled to Australia where the notoriety followed. Since then the history of the incident has dogged her career and this exhibition, listed as a retrospect, does nothing to erase this tendency, preferring to closely examine the event rather than examine the trajectory of Lu's achievements in contemporary performance and installation art, which at times does, to me, seem to fly too close to artistic indulgence. But I confess the fault may lay with me rather than with Lu. She is however a firebrand, if a touch eccentric. This exhibition is an opportunity missed by curators who seem too concerned with their own agendas rather than the artist's ongoing intentions. #xiaolu,#chinesecontemporaryart,#gunfiredatart1989,#4Asydney,#xiaoluimpossibledialogue , #contemporaryart
15 March 2019. Northern beaches, Sydney, early morning walk. Previous evening a dramatic storm swept through. Hail, thunder, lightning, like I've never seen before. Desperate scrambled to put the car under cover. This morning, quiet, cool, and hardly a sign that the area had been inundated overnight. How fickle and majestic weather can be.
14 March 2019. My profile of Sydney based contemporary art collect Sue Cato just published in print edition of Art Asia Pacific. www.artasiapacific.com. Cato over the years has amassed a collection that is both dazzling and erudite and to enter her world if like stepping into a leading art institution. She said, "every single piece must have breakthrough thinking and must take my breath away." Job done! #suecato,#contemporaryart,#artasiapacific,#sydneyartcollector,#artcollector,#australiancontemporaryart,#catoandclegg
See previous post. This was my other encounter in Sydney's AGNSW on Sunday. I wasn't sure if I had stumbled on a just finished copying event at the gallery or an installation by British artist, Phyllida Barlow. Wherever, I rather enjoyed the juxtaposition of latent creative energy displayed in the easels and the quiet reserve of the sculptures. #artgalleryofnewsouthwales , #agnsw
6 March 2019. This stunning small painting , The Madonna and Child with Saint John the Baptist, c1542, by Sienese Renaissance artist Domenico Beccafumi is tucked in a corner of Sydney's Art Gallery of New South Wales. It was acquired in 1992, I think and I have never before noticed it. It's beautiful sculptural quality and delicate delineation stopped me in my tracks. Having just battled my way around the AGNSW current blockbuster exhibition from Taipei's National Palace Museum, Heaven and Earth, paintings, Scrolls, porcelain, predominantly from the Qing dynasty, I was engrossed by how such contemporaneous artist saw the world so differently, but through the prism of their particular cultural framework. #beccafumi,#agnsw,#renaissanceart,#heavenandearth,#domenicobeccafumi
My story about this fabulous exhibition of Chinese art, Heaven and Earth, currently at Sydney's Art Gallery of New South Wales, from National Palace Museum, Taipei, now printed in Asian Art Newspaper and on line, http://asianartnewspaper.com/heaven-earth-in-chinese-art/ #heavenandearth,#agnsw,#Chineseart,#nationalpalacemuseumtaipei , #meat-shapedstone,#treasuresfromtaipei,#5000yearsofChineseart,#olivepitintheformofaboat#qingdynasty
1 Feb 2019. Olive pit in the form of a boat c1700. A truly remarkable carving from Taipei's National Palace Museum note on site at Sydney's Art gallery of New South Wales until May 5. Windows and doors move while several passengers sit inside. #nationalpalacemuseumtaipei,#artgalleryofnewsouthwales , #olivepitcarvedasaboat,#chineseclassicalart
1 Feb 2019. Meat-shaped stone from the Qing dynasty 1644-1911one of the most popular and revered objects in Taipei's National Palace Museum's collection of Chinese treasures now on show at Sydney's Art Gallery of New South Wales until 5 May. The piece of Jasper was carved and colour enhanced to imitate soft pork. Another star of the show is an olive pit carved in the form of a boat c1700 with windows and doors that can be opened, including passengers and furniture, which is breathtaking in its detail. . This is a once in a lifetime exhibition which I will review for London's Asian Art Newspaper, once my feet are back on the ground. Suffice now to simply say, wow! #artgalleryofnewsouthwales ,#nationalpalacemuseum,#meatshapedstone,#carvedolivepit,#classicalchineseart
1 Feb 2019. My review of Nick Cave's 'Until' at Sydney's Carriageworks just on line at www.artasiapacific.com Nick Cave pulls no punches when it comes to dazzling an audience. In 2016, he presented Heard·Syd (2016), a vivacious stampede of dancers wearing horse-shaped iterations of his signature “sound suits”—conceived in the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles police beating of construction worker Rodney King—fashioned from brilliantly colored raffia. Accompanied by a percussion band, the boisterous procession swished through Sydney’s arts precinct Carriageworks and then Pitt Street Mall in the city’s Central Business District, whipping up triumphant and frenetic spectacles that had viewers tapping their feet. Two years later, Cave returned to Carriageworks for “Until,” which comprised six vast, immersive installations spread over several gallery spaces. Where Heard·Syd was an exuberant audio experience, “Until” was quiet, with just a single sound suit. Yet, the display was no less spectacular or trenchantly political.
1 Jan 2019. Visited Sydney studio of Adam Chang, Chinese Australian artist and close friend whose recent painting of President Xi Jinping is either full of menace, or an exploration of compassion. However one feels it is a striking portrait that would pair nicely with the portrait of Mao that dominates the Gate of Heavenly Peace in Beijing. One wonders what lurks behind Xi's penetrating eyes though.
19 Dec 2018. My hard copy of December edition of Asian Art Newspaper just arrived from London with my story on Chinese artist and polymath Qiu Zhijie whom i interviewed a few weeks ago in Brisbane as he worked on his largest map yet for the Asia Pacific Triennial (APT9)PDF available for those interested in reading the interview. #qiuzhijie , #apt9,#asiapacifictriennial , #asianartnewspaper,#chineseart,#contemporarychineseart,