Freshwomen’s English class art exercise: We are Chinese art critics

Nimen Hao,

today we are going to practice our reviewing skills in the realms of Chinese modern art (for the rest of the semester we’ll mostly use American and Chinese film, mostly American, but also some music).

Let’s have a quick look through the contemporary artists works together. Then work in your small groups and compare two of the artists’ works (choose any two artists, but not Xie Qi).

Artworks reviewing criteria

  • Introduction, artist, artwork chosen, rationale for choice
  • Genre and Aesthetic qualities (differ depending on the type of work)
  • Social significance (including, for example, history, race, gender, etc)
  • Comparisons (with other works, artists)
  • Interpreting and reasoning: you will have given your opinions and reasons throughout, now summarize them and make an intepretation.

Describe the works, their style, influences, medium, technique, colour, design, issues addressed in the works, the way you think the works might relate to their audiences.

First let’s have a look at two images together in class (the one from Xie Qi, and one from Zeng Fangzi. How can we describe, compare and appraise them?

Bu Hua

Born Beijing, 1973

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Vowing Not to Attain Buddhahood Until All Are Salvaged From Hell (2008)

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bu hua vowing not to attain buddhahood until all are salvaged from hell no 3

Xie Qi

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Zhou Hongbin

Born in 1978 in Fujian Province, Zhou Hongbin is aphotographer and sculptor.

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Huang Jingyuan

Born 1979, Guangxi; spent several years in Canada and U.S.A. Lives and works in Beijing

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gossip from Confucious city no 2

Liu Xiaodong

b. 1963 Jincheng, Liaoning Province. Lives and works in Beijing.

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Zhong Biao

Zhong Biao is a contemporary Chinese painter. Born in Chongqing, in 1968.

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Zeng Fangzhi

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Zeng Fanzhi_Mask Series

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Following the art reviews we will listen to some British actors describing modern English everyday words/phrases (time permitting).

 

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