RAS Art Focus Group

Long Museum West Bund

Contemporary Sculpture in China

Speaker: Julie Chun, Art Historian

In order to better appreciate contemporary sculpture, we need to develop a historical understanding of the conditions in which sculpture emerged in China. This month’s Art Focus museum talk will be led by RAS China’s Art Historian Julie Chun. A brief introduction will attempt to set the context as we view, discuss and engage with the contemporary sculptures in the solo retrospective Through No One’s Eyes But My Own by the female artist Xiang Jing that presents a survey of her 17 years of artistic output. By departing from the conventional notion of the “female beauty” that have defined depictions of women’s faces and bodies by male artists, how is Xiang Jing able to subvert the canon through her personal interpretation and expression? Moreover, we will consider how contemporary artists are attempting to overturn the different facets of the ingrained paradigm to set new directions for the genre of sculpture in the platform of global art.

About the artist Xiang Jing

Xiang Jing is a Beijing-based Chinese female artist who works primarily in creating contemporary sculpture. She graduated from the Department of Sculpture at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 1995. As an established artist, Xiang Jing has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows internationally and her sculptures are collected by both private museums and public foundations. Her unconventional depictions of female bodies have incurred criticism and controversy, yet she maintains a practice that articulates her profound artistic independence as she seeks for personal truths.

For more information about the artist, please see: http://www.xiangjingart.com/en/index.php?m=list&a=index&id=5

Note: Due to the nature of nude content, this Art Focus event is not suitable for those under the age of 17.

RSVP: artgroup@royalasiaticsociety.org.cn