Let’s meet the 9 bright talents that have emerged from Parsons MFA Fashion.
Shizhe worked on the idea of a disappearing pattern. His enveloping menswear is somewhat comforting, having a schoolboy charm. The success of the collection can be attributed to her extraordinary pattern-cutting skills
Tingyue Jiang’s idea came from Chinese culture and the lives of factory workers. He brought those uneven stitches, that are usually found in the factories, to the forefront. His sense of colour stood for its subtle gradations in those degrading dresses.
Di Gao was inspired by Chinese architecture and construction, the main design philosophy being that every shape has a different function. She aims to apply these ideals to the body in movement. What might appear as very rigid and structural pieces, are actually light creations that can be altered by pulling a string which allows the pieces to transform in an instant.
Di Gao 受到了中式建筑风格的启发，每一种形制都有自己的功能，就是他的主要设计理念。她想通过运动中的人体将这一理念充分表现出来。看起来非常硬朗的结构感材质，实际上却非常轻巧，只需收紧一根带子，就能立马转型为另一种风格。
Parsons the New School for Design, with successful graduates like Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, Yohji Yamamoto and many other high reputation designers, Parsons annual graduation show will be the attention of the entire fashion industry.
In recent years, there are more and more Chinese designers are gaining more exposure in Parsons showcase. The graduation show still balance the designer's imagination and ready-to-wear concept.
This year featured the small group of Nihl, Zoe Champion, Shanel, Shizhe He, Tingyue Jiang, Di Gao, Venus Lo, Amanda Brown, and Caroline Hu, with a prelude of looks by first-year students made in partnership with Swarovski.
今年特辑的小团体Nihl, Zoe Champion, Shanel, Shizhe He, Tingyue Jiang, Di Gao, Venus Lo, Amanda Brown, and Caroline Hu,与施华洛世奇合作，通过硕士一年级学生的作品拉开了序幕。
The show began with spectacular, hand-done beadwork on menswear by Nihl.
Then Zoe Champion’s trompe l’œil collection is inspired by her grandmother’s passing and the act of holding someone else’s clothes up to your body in the mirror.
"I am seeking to create an effect of 'false photographs' — to re-embellish already 'embellished' histories and lives." – Zhang Xiaogang
“我正在寻求创造”假照片“的效果 - 重新修饰已经”修饰“的历史和生活。” – 张晓刚
TCT today's art highlight: "Zhang Xiaogang"
Zhang Xiaogang (b.1958) is a contemporary Chinese symbolist and surrealist painter, based in Beijing, China. He studied painting at Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in Chongqing. His works focus on the aftereffects of China’s Cultural Revolution, and the meaning of family, history and individualism.
Zhang is best known for his Bloodlines series, inspired by his discovery of old family photographs, and reached international stature with the debut of his “Bloodlines-Big Family” series at the 1995 Venice Biennale.
Paintings in his Bloodline series are predominantly monochromatic, stylized portraits of Chinese people, usually with large, dark-pupiled eyes, posed in a stiff manner deliberately reminiscent of family portraits from the 1950s and 1960s.
In 2003, “A big family” from Zhang Xiaogang’s Bloodlines series, sold at Christie’s Hong Kong for US$76,000. This same lot has been sold twice since its auction debut, selling for US$1.4 million at Christie’s London in 2006, and again for US$7.3 million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in 2011.
In a span of only eight years, “A big family” series earned a return just shy of 10,000 percent, outperforming overall returns at auction for the artist as a whole, as well as the overall Contemporary market during the same time period. This sale marked the beginning of Zhang’s prominence at auction, which has made him the most expensive living painter among Chinese artists.
The Bloodline: Big Family No.3 from 1995 is arguably the most politically charged piece in the series, showcasing the iconic three-member family portrait; it is the only piece from the series to depict the Little Red Guard with the Chairman Mao badge and armband, making it of greater rarity and art historical value in comparison with other works; it was sold for 94.2 million HKD (12.1 million USD) at the Sotheby’s Hong Kong Modern And Contemporary Asian Art Evening Sale on April 5, 2008.
"On the surface the faces in these portraits appear as calm as still water, but underneath there is great emotional turbulence. Within this state of conflict the propagation of obscure and ambiguous destinies is carried on from generation to generation." – Zhang Xiaogang
“表面上，这些肖像中的脸，似静止的水面一样平静，但内心里有很大的情绪动荡，在这种冲突状态下，朦胧和模糊的命运，是一代又一代的传承。” - 张晓刚
According Arnet Analytics, the earliest Bloodlines works created (1990s) have outperformed works created in the 2000s; the Bloodlines works depicting big families outperforming works depicting pairs and single portraits.
Zhang Xiaogang and other artists from our previous posts (Fang Lijun, Wang Guangyi and Yue Minjun) are the 4 top-selling contemporary artists in China, later called the F4 (First or Fab 4) by industry insiders due to their high-profile deals at auctions.
As an art lover and art investor, I have collected his earlier artwork, Secret Chamber, 1989.
Fang Lijun (b. 1963), a Chinese contemporary artist based in Beijing, China, is one of the leading proponents of the early 1990s Cynical Realist movement. He studied printmaking at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, where he was trained in the Socialist Realist style promoted during the Cultural Revolution.
Fang Lijun’s art is recognized through excessive appearance of “bald heads” and best known for a woodblock printmaking. His figures are often portrayed as disoriented, confused, out of place, reflecting on the state of the society post-1989 and the uncertainty felt by young Chinese people.
His work tackles the issues of human rights, morality, and political oppression through colorful, surrealistic imagery. His style has had considerable impact in the development of a contemporary avant-garde Chinese art.
One of his famous pieces is the 1991.6.1., a woodblock print depicting a bald-headed crowd beneath a larger head with an anonymous finger point to the sky. The print oozes in a strong sense of loss in direction, self-identity, and the feeling of general helplessness and hopelessness. The grey scale of this painting reflects the uncertainty as well as the strong emotion of people during this era.
His 30th Mary portrays an order of ascendancy of kewpie figures, each based on his own image. Executed with painstaking hyper-realism, the clouds formulate as a tempestuous funnel rather than a portal of billowing promise. Contrasted with the kitsch palette and pop rendering of the grotesque cherubs, Fang’s painting approaches the sanctity of ideological assurance with an empathetic cynicism.
"For a young age, people would only show us good things, and tried to cover up everything negative; yet, what creates that biggest impact on me are all things that came beneath goodness." – Fang Lijun
Fang has exhibited internationally since the early 1990s, including solo shows at the Kupferstichkabinett—Museum of Prints and Drawings, Berlin, the Today Art Museum, Beijing, the Shanghai Museum of Art, the Japan Foundation Asia Center, Tokyo, and the Galerie Nasional Indonesia, Jakarta. His works have been collected by the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Many works by Fang Lijun have been sold at auction, including 'SERIES 2 NO. 4' sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong 'Modern and Contemporary Asian Art — Evening Sale' in 2014 for 59,480,000 HKD ($7,664,766 USD).
At Shanghai this year, I had the chance to visit his work. The influence art bring to us is refined and refreshed, and the adventure to art is forever. There is no time to be bored in a real world as creative as art.
“The influence of the Chinese art market depends on the national power of China. If China stays influential in the world, then the art market will of course keep on thriving.” — Wang Guangyi
TCT today's art highlight: " Wang Guangyi"
Wang Guangyi is one of the most recognizable figures on today’s contemporary art stage, globally renowned for his combination of avant-garde art and impressive commercial success.
Wang Guangyi (b. 1957) is a Chinese Political Pop artist based in Beijing, China. He graduated from Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in 1984.
“Great Criticism” (1990-2007) is Wang Guangyi’s most famous series. Throughout his paintings, he combines propaganda images of the Cultural Revolution melded with logos like Coca-Cola and Chanel from Western-style advertisements to comment on the commercialization of contemporary Chinese culture.
His “Great Criticism” Series include a mass of enthusiastic and dedicated Mao supporters dressed in the traditional wardrobe of the Communist party; the red background echoes with one of the most notable symbols of the Cultural Revolution – the Little Red Book.
“I aim to express the ideological antagonism that exists between western culture and socialist ideology. The significance of this antagonism has more to do with issues in cultural studies than simply art in and of itself,” — Wang Guangyi
Wang Guangyi is greatly influenced by Andy Warhol, who was a leading figure in the Pop Art Movement. Warhol produced his Mao series in a fashion reminiscent of his portraits of American celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley.
While as Wang Guangyi’s “Mao Zedong AO”, he applied his rational grid onto a triple portrait of the Chairman, displaying an affinity with Pop appropriation and repetition. The grid is referring to a nine-square grid, commonly used as a guide to proportions when learning calligraphy, though many Western critics have interpreted the grid as a jail cell
His massive Mao AO painting was sold for £2,036,000 ($4.1 million) at a Phillips de Pury & Company auction in London in December 2007.
Other exhibition highlights are the Gurus (2011), a series of four phantom-like portraits of communist leaders Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Vladimir Lenin, and Joseph Stalin; and the Cold War Aesthetics series (2007 to 2008), a group of installations which shows people seeking shelter from air raids, largely based on Wang's experience living through the Cold War.
Wang is now using rich strokes that drip into abstract patterns reminiscent of traditional Chinese ink-and-wash landscapes, to create photographic negatives effects. His 16-meter-long The Last Supper (2012), a version of the Da Vinci masterpiece, contains such hidden vistas, in a new synthesis of Eastern and Western classical traditions.
” I feel like all historical images contains an obscured reality. Through my works, or corrections I am trying to locate or return to that reality” – Wang Guangyi
He has exhibited his paintings around the world, at the São Paolo Biennial in Brazil, the He Xiangning Art Museum, the Shanghai Art Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Arts in China, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and at the Asia Society in New York.
I met Negar on a sun shining afternoon. She is my friend and also the founder and principal designer of Space Harmony Interior Design Studio. Space Harmony is an award winning boutique Interior Design studio in Vancouver, specializing in creating high-end interiors for residential, commercial and hospitality projects for local and international clients.
She told me her own concept of interior design that inspired me. She believes interior design should be a manifestation of clients’ unique tastes and needs. Whether designing a brand new home (new build) or renovating an existing one, the designer should mould clients’ vision into a cohesive and beautiful design.
In the contrast, She said, in the industry of Interior Design, every designer (and design firm) has its own “style” and “business model”. Some companies have a distinctive style which you can see in every project they do.
So when you look at her portfolio you will see that no two projects looks the same – and every project is very different in style from classic to west coast, contemporary and modern! And that really shows how diverse her clients and their taste are and how much she listens to them to try create something that it “them” – not “herself”.
With over 20 years of experience within the design industry, Negar with her Space Harmony work has been recognized and featured in many national publications such as Style at Home, Western Living, Canadian Home Trends, Reno & Decor and Gray Magazine among others. She is the winner of NKBA Designer of the Year Award in 2016 while having many other awards and nominations on her resume including Northwest Design Awards, Georgie, Best of Houzz, Top Choice, Consumer Choice and so on. She has positioned herself as a strategist and style-maker within the industries of Home Design, delighting her clients with her creative finesse and perfectionism.
从业超过20年，Negar和她的Space Harmony的作品广受认可，在诸多国家出版物，如Style at Home, Western Living, Canadian Home Trends, Reno & Décor和Gray 杂志上都有专题报道。她是NKBA设计2016年年度大奖的获得者，闪闪发光的履历上还包括其他多项奖项和提名，包括西北设计大奖、Georgie、Houzz最佳、Top Choice, Consumer Choice等等。她把自己定义为-家居设计业里的策略者和风格定位师，以富有创意的精致和完美，让客人们心满意足。
“I try to express my point of view about life and society through my creations. Life is something very sad for me. Everybody lives, but nobody looks at life face on because people live in a kind of first condition, in their imaginations. But life is very harmful because we’re getting old and we’re often sick. That’s why I try to express myself about this kind of view.” – Yue Minjun
Yue Minjun is an international-renowned Chinese Contemporary Artist, and whose works have been shown internationally in galleries and museums, and sold in auctions.
Updated on 03 Aug 2017: YUE Minjun (1962) (China) is an artist born in 1962 The oldest auction result ever registered on the website for an artwork by this artist is a painting sold in 1998, at Christie's , and the most recent auction result is a print-multiple sold in 2017. Artprice.com's price levels for this artist are based on 631 auction results. Especially: painting, print-multiple, sculpture-volume, drawing-watercolor. 4 artwork(s) are currently for sale on Artprice's Marketplace
Yue Minjun (b. 1962) is a contemporary Chinese artist based in Beijing, China. He studied at Hebei Normal University in the 1980s, training as a painter, sculptor, and printmaker.
Yue Minjun is known for his inventive take on self-portraiture. His brightly colored depictions of maniacally laughing figures are influenced both by Pop Art and Surrealism. His works act as a tacit form of social and political critique which deals with both Chinese history and the Western canon of art.
The atmosphere of his works may be celebratory, but his images often evoke the idea of war or death; he express painful emotions in a comical style. His serious political criticism and social commentary are hidden behind the mask of his smiling faces.
His piece Execution became the most expensive work ever by a Chinese contemporary artist, when sold in 2007 for £2.9 million pounds (US $5.9 million) at London's Sotheby's. It was first sold to Hong Kong art dealer Manfred Schoeni for $5,000.
"I want the audience not to think of one thing or one place or one event. The whole world's the background. As I said, the viewer should not link this painting to Tiananmen. But Tiananmen is the catalyst for conceiving of this painting." – Yue Minjun
The series is about a "sense of the absurdity of the ideas that govern the sociopolitical protocol surrounding hats."
One of his most popular series was his "Hat" collection. This series pictures Yue's grinning head wearing a variety of hats — a chef's hat, a Special Forces beret, the helmet of a British policeman, Catwoman's mask, and so on.
“帽子”系列是他最受欢迎的作品之一。这组系列描绘岳敏君戴着各种帽子的咧嘴笑 — 厨师帽、特种部队贝雷帽、英国卫兵帽、猫女郎面具等等。
Yue’s pieces are mocking himself and the community, free himself and vent his emotions.
In 1999, Yue began fabricating bronze sculptural versions of his signature self-portrait paintings, playing off China's famous Qin Dynasty army of terracotta warriors. While the ancient sculptures are known for the subtle individuality of each of the warriors, his cackling modern-day version are relentlessly identical, cast from the same mold.
In Vancouver, You must check out “A-maze-ing Laughter” (2009 bronze sculpture) by Yue Minjun installed in Morton Park along the English Bay in West End. The patinated bronze sculpture portrays the artist's own image "in a state of hysterical laughter", which was nominated in the Great Places in Canada Contest 2013 and was the only work of public art to receive a nomination.
"Human beings are complex, but in fact they are very pure and colourful, never miserable nor corrupted." - Tulku Jamyang.
We are inspired by the uniqueness, the details, and the meaning behind the artwork. It grants me peace of mind and calm my troubled heart from this noisy society.
We recently added a new artwork by Tulku Jamyang (b. 1977, Nepal), a reincarnated lama from the Nyingma linage, to our collection. He uses the unique medium of incense and rice paper to create Tibetan themed art. He also incorporates traditional Tibetan calligraphy in many of his works.
最近加入我们收藏的艺术品来自Tulku Jamyang (b. 1977, 尼泊尔)，他是Nyingma宗转世喇嘛。他的作品以独具匠心的媒介来传达西藏主题，用到了香烛和米纸。他还在诸多作品中融进了传统藏族书法。他的作品，若您潜心向佛，便是您心灵最好的宁静港湾；假以时日，更能彰显活佛艺术作品的收藏价值。
He had been giving talks on Buddhism to many people in Nepal, India, Bhutan, Japan, Singapore, Canada and US.
As a Tibetan contemporary artist, Tulku Jamyang is supporting in a Buddhist Monastery as a monk, 200 kilometers away from Katmandu, Nepal. Their goal is the reservation their language, culture and Buddhist philosophy in the Himalayan belts, which is rapidly fading.
Art collector buys art for the love of it; art investor buys art to diversify investment portfolio; art speculator buys art from budding artists that will appreciate in value. Whichever one you are, you should expand your knowledge about the Art Market.
If investment is the purpose, paintings of successful artists tend to get better ROI than sculptures and installation art. We have highlighted the top 10 leading artists in the 2015 Auction Market that you should be aware of:
Pablo Picasso (No.1), Andy Warhol (No.2), Claude Monet (No.3), Francis Bacon (No.4), Gerhard Richter (No.5), Alberto Giacometti (No.6), Mark Rothko (No.7), Amedeo Modigliani (No.8), Jean-Michel Basquiat (No.9), Henry Matisse (No.10)
(No.1) Pablo Picasso's "Les femmes d'Alger" ($179.4 million) together with 32 other paintings that sold for a total value of $544.2 million helped him achieve the greatest increase of all artists in market capitalization.（第一）帕博罗▪毕加索的《阿尔及利亚女人》（179,400,000美元）以及其他32幅画作合计卖到了544,200,000美元，帮助他荣膺市场价值升值最高的艺术家宝座。(No.2) Andy Warhol sold the highest number of works (46 paintings) and his most valuable work "Colored Mona Lisa" was sold for $56.2million that became the 10th among the most valuable works sold at auction.（第二）以数量为计，安迪▪沃霍尔的作品售出的最多（46幅），其中最具价值的《彩色的蒙娜丽莎》卖到了56,200,000美元，在拍卖史上售价上位列第十。(No.6) Alberto Giacometti's "L'homie au doigt" confirmed his status as the most expensive sculptor when it was sold for $141.3 million in the auction.（第六）贾科梅蒂的《指示者》确立了他作为最昂贵的雕塑家的地位，该件艺术品拍到了141,300,000美元。(No.8) Nu Couche by Amedeo Modigliani was bought by Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian for $174.4 million that became the second most valuable artwork sold at auction.（第八）莫蒂里安尼《仰卧的裸女》由中国亿万富翁刘益谦以174,400,000美元的价格竞得，成为历来拍卖价第二高的艺术作品。
Claude Monet’s (No.3) Secret Garden has come to Vancouver Art Gallery from June 24 to October 1, 2017. Don't miss this valuable opportunity to see these priceless paintings!
We have heard so much great things about Antigua beaches and resorts. The entire island is a luxury Caribbean escape, not only offering 365 white sand beaches, but also a beautiful Caribbean landscapes from the peak of Antigua with a wide array of entertainment.
"Boggy peak" has been re-named "Mount Obama" on August 4, 2009, President Obama’s 48th birthday, to honour the first black president of the United States of America, as a symbol of excellence, triumph, hope and dignity for all people. The president is, of course, invited to attend.
It is now a National Park with new network of hiking trails, a museum, various entertainment and educational facilities. Prime Minister, Baldwin Spencer, has characterized the new park as a "beacon of hope for all people." He also unveiled a stone sculpture and the plaque.
Mount Obama isn’t about to supplant Everest as a destination for elite climbers, but for the rest of us, it’s a perfect mid-sized mountain with sweeping views of the ocean that can be tackled in a couple of hours. Its peak, topped with a radio antenna, offers views of the Caribbean Sea and the island of Montserrat and its active volcano in the distance.
Additionally, the tree-covered mountain has pineapple and mango farms at its base and rises about 1,300 feet (396 meters) along the island's southern coast. The hills are covered in lush green vegetation which gives the impression of a tropical rain forest. It is like a well-deserved bonus for climbing the highest peak of Antigua.
茂盛的绿树覆盖整个山脉，沿岛屿南部海岸上升约1300英尺（396米）处设有有机菠萝和芒果农场。 丘陵被茂密的绿色植被覆盖，给人一种热带雨林的感受。 奢华安提瓜，当之无愧是您的世外桃源！