Contemporary Chinese Art Comes To The Cress Gallery


The Cress Gallery at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is currently featuring contemporary Chinese art.  You may have seen many exhibits here in town, but you’ve never seen one quite like this.  Fourteen different Chinese artists’ work is on display.  The pieces range from traditional statues and rice paper paintings to a cutting-edge digital video that’s causing controversy.

Listen to the story.

"Forever Unfinished Building #4," by the Gao Brothers.

Detail of "Forever Unfinished Building #4"



This sculpture, by Chinese artist Long Bin Chen, appears to be made of stone...

...but if you look at the back side, you realize it's made of carved phone books.


From a Cress Gallery press release:

The Cress Gallery of Art, University of Tennessee Chattanooga has opened its doors on a new exhibition with a lecture and reception to follow next Thursday, November 18, 2010:

“le deluge, après mao”

China’s Surging Creative Tide

An Exhibition of Art by Significant Contemporary Chinese Artists

November 9 – December 14, 2010

Curator’s lecture followed by a public reception Thursday, November 18, 2010, 5:30pm, UTC Fine Arts Center, room 339 as Asian art scholar and curator Patricia Karetzky will speak about contemporary art in China, its influences, context, and development to include the art and artists in this exhibition. Dr. Karetzky appears as part of UTC “Focus on China” events sponsored by the UTC College of Arts and Sciences.

This exhibition includes sculpture, painting, photography, digital and video art created by a selection of some of China’s most recognized artists working today. Curated by Patricia Eichenbaum Karetzky, O. Munsterberg Chair of Asian Art, Bard College, NY; and Professor of Art History, Lehman College, NYC; with curatorial assistance from Ruth Grover, Director and Curator, UTC Cress Gallery of Art, Chattanooga, TN.

“After the Cultural Revolution which was soon followed by the death of Mao, China entered a new age of artistic creativity. For the first time artists were able to explore a variety of subjects in a number of media. At first their art reacted to the constrictions of the long years of cultural repression, but then artists looked to the previously forbidden art of the west to find currents of modern art. Now, several decades later, artists seek to incorporate Chinese cultural and social values in their art. Thus, the artists in this exhibition individually address the varied issues of their artistic, social and political milieu and explore the international problems of our global society.”  Dr. Patricia Eichenbaum Karetsky

Cress Gallery hours: 9:30am – 7:30pm Monday – Friday;  1:00pm – 4:00pm Sat & Sun.

This exhibition, supported by the UTC Friends of the Gallery,  coincides with Focus on China presentations organized by the UTC College of Arts and Sciences, November 4 – November 18, 2010; and runs concurrently with an exhibition of the work of photographers from Wuxi, China, in the UTC University Center, November 2 – November 29, 2010, organized by Sister Cities of Chattanooga and Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga.

For more information contact the Director / Curator or call 423-304-9789


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