Transforming Traditions: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Logan Collection


Above: Sui Jianguo, 2 Legacy Mantles, 2005. Automobile paint on fiberglass. Each 24 1/2 x 19 x 14 in

Transforming Traditions: Contemporary Chinese Art
from the Logan Collection

Thursday, March 5 – Sunday, April 26, 2009

Since the death of Mao in 1976, Chinese artists have forged sophisticated creative strategies to address social, spiritual and philosophical issues within a repressive political system. Their works, seen in “Transforming Traditions,” reflect cycles of destruction and regeneration in China’s recent history and in its cultural traditions. As China resumes its role as major trading partner to the world, its artists blend traditional Chinese artistic practices with western models. Sculptural works and related paintings, photographs, textiles and ceramics, made from the mid-1990s to the present by nine leading contemporary Chinese artists, show this continuing transformation.

Left: Huang BinYan, Rabbit, nd. Ceramic; Right: Sui Jianguo, Made in China, 2005. Automobile paint on fiberglass.

“Transforming Traditions” is the latest in a series of student-organized exhibitions at the University of Denver’s Victoria H. Myhren Gallery to be drawn from the collection of Vicki and Kent Logan, Vail. With artist residency programs and catalog. Additional works by sculptors Yu Fan and Chen Wenling will be displayed at the SAAH and Penrose Library from March 19 – April 12, 2009, during the run of the exhibition.

Catalog available. $15.

From left to right: Xiao Xingtao, Golden Gate, 2007. Automobile paint on fiberglass; Yu Fan Hello, 1999. Automobile paint on fiberglass; Liu Hung Profile II – Yang, 2005; tapestry.

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