VISUAL ARTS

“For a Better Tomorrow” exhibition opens in New York Dec. 3

“For a better tomorrow,” an exhibition that features works by four Taiwanese visual artists, is set to open on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 and run through the month at inCube Arts Space in Manhattan. “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country”— John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917–1963) To use this famous quote as the opening of this curatorial essay is not an attempt to instigate nationalist ideological debates over political governance. On the contrary, it is to reveal how, in his critique of John F. Kennedy, American neoclassical economist Milton Friedman (1912–2006) with his idea of the “free man” and absolute freedom that it entails, defied democratic functioning in the name of economic freedom; how biopolitics verged on absolute control; how the neoliberal definition of “freedom” is distorted, to satisfy the desire for economic expansion, by political parties and corporate conglomerates into a weapon to disintegrate a nation and its democratic mechanisms, in turn constraining, trampling, and annihilating human freedom. A seemingly ironic slogan, “For a better tomorrow” is intended to underline the status quo where we are faced with a structural problem haunted by neoliberalism. The intervention of art turns …

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Artists Wrap up Their RU Residencies with ‘Interpreting Brooklyn’ Exhibition

The exhibition “Interpreting Brooklyn” appropriates the landscape of Brooklyn as a point of departure to commission new works by two Taiwanese artists in residency, Kai chun Chiang and Sean Wang. The show is curated by Boshko Boskovic, RU Program Director. Inspired by the diverse neighborhood of South Williamsburg where El Museo de Los Sures is located, both artists will create works that integrate cultural elements stemming from their native Taiwan. The works presented take many forms including sculpture, photography and video projections. In his proposal for Interpreting Brooklyn, Kai chun Chiang transfers historic and present day architectural photographs of Brooklyn onto ceramic tiles with images that he shot himself and taken from archives. Chiang contrasts the rich diversity of the Williamsburg façade patterns with middle class Taiwanese buildings whose wall decoration motifs were influenced by the European style from early 20th century onwards. Sean Wang’s starting point is a collection of Taiwanese landscape photographs which he re-inserts into the Brooklyn scenery. He appropriates the subculture of Taiwanese male amateur photographers who capture female subjects in the urban landscape. In this new hybrid photographic series, his muse is Lin Pin-Han, a professional dancer who has been studying dance since the age …

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‘Fancy Animal Carnival’ Debuts on Broadway Pedestrian Plazas in New York City’s Garment District

The Fancy Animal Carnival exhibit is organized by Taipei’s InSian Gallery, the Garment District Alliance and Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, which showcases world-class public art installations in the heart of midtown Manhattan. The sculptures will occupy the Garment District pedestrian plazas on Broadway from 36th to 41st Streets and will be open to the public through April 2017. Each of the eleven animal sculptures represents a narrative, expressed through traditional Taiwanese symbols and motifs believed to bring luck. The painted patterns reflect on folk culture and religion, as well as the artist’s personal experiences and observations of people’s everyday lives.The public art installation will captivate New Yorkers and visitors alike with its vibrant, astonishing presence on Broadway in the Garment District. Emmanuel Fremin, Yi’s New York-based gallery representation, says of Yi’s first New York exhibition, “We want the American public to get acquainted with an artist who is so well-known and recognized in Asia. The Garment District’s history with fashion in New York, and his pieces being so lively, colorful and handmade, makes them the perfect works to launch during Fashion Week.” The Garment District is home to thousands of people working in the “creative economy,” including fine and performing artists, …

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“No Cause for Alarm” Contemporary Art Show Opens at La Mama Galleria Sept. 15

No Cause for Alarm, an exhibition that brings together the work of eleven artists from Taiwan, Hong Kong and China and includes artworks in the form of mixed-media installation, video and performance will run from September 15 to October 8, 2016 at La Mama Galleria in New York. No matter where you live, people living in the city are facing various kinds of stresses and pressures. It could be coming from the society, system, work, family, or simply ones’ own expectations. No Cause for Alarm is an exhibition trying to investigate the nervousness in contemporary city life. The exhibition is focusing on the possibility but not the situation itself, because ‘situation’ is a state of flux that changes from time to time and varies from place to place. There is no point in discussing the situation without a thorough understanding of the causes and consequences. However, possibility implies potential and the unknown, which encourages imagination and creativity. By understanding our own position in certain situations, we try to come up with suggestions and consolations to ease tensions. Artists taking part in this exhibition are invited to meditate on the current moment, unveil the overlooked in modern city life, and investigate …

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The Road to Success – Artist Talk with Chi-Hung Yang, Long-Bin Chen, C.J. Yeh and Jeff Chieh-Hsing Liao

《The Road to Success》Artist Talk with New York based Taiwanese Artists Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 6:30PM Taiwan Academy, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York 1 East 42nd Street, B1, New York, NY 10017 Moderated by C. J. Yeh, Professor and Assistant Chair, Communication Design Department, FIT Chi-Hung Yang is a famous artist, Long-Bin Chen specializes in book sculpture, Jeff Chieh-Hsing Liao is a photographer and C.J. Yeh is a new media artist and FIT professor. The Taipei Cultural Center is pleased to invite them to share their valuable stories with our friends. Free Admission For more Information: Please contact TPECC at oliviasu@moc.gov.tw

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Taipei Cultural Center to Celebrate Its 25th Anniversary with “Dialogue on Printmaking: The Taiwan-US Exchange Exhibition”

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Taipei Cultural Center in New York is pleased to present Dialogue on Printmaking: The Taiwan – US Exchange Exhibition, organized by Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts and in collaboration with the Taiwan Society of Printmaking and the Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA). The exhibition will feature twenty-five Taiwanese artists including Wu Hao, Hsiao Chin, Liao Shiou-Ping, Shaih Lifa, and Lee Shi-Chi. Participating artists from SAGA are Michael Di Cerbo, Linda Adato, and three other well-known American printmakers. Each artwork in this exhibition has its own voice and aesthetics. Due to its multiplicity and easy transferability, printmaking stands out among other art forms as a more common medium for international art events. This exhibition has collected artwork from the 1960s to the present, illustrating the transition of the art medium and the spirit of different periods. By learning the uniqueness of different print genres and the aesthetics of each participating artist, viewers will gain a whole new perspective on the world of printmaking. Among them, Wu Hao’s Tulips displays a sharp contrast in colors—an artwork with blooming flowers depicted in black lines and a complex composition rich …

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“Ink Imagists” Offers A Rare Opportunity to See Works by Noted Painters from Taiwan, Japan, and the U.S.

The exhibition “Ink Imagists: Modern Ink Paintings from Taiwan, Japan, and the U.S.,” set to open at Tenri Cultural Institute of New York on July 7, 2016 and run through the month, will offer a rare opportunity to view 30-plus paintings by some of the best ink artists from Taiwan and Japan. Ink painting is regarded as an important art form in Asia. This year, with funding from the Ministry of Culture, the Taipei Cultural Center in New York has invited U.S.-based Taiwanese artist Charles Liu and Kazuko Takizawa from the Tenri Cultural Institute of New York to co-curate the “Ink Imagists” exhibition. Unlike previous collaborations that have been organized on a bilateral basis between Taiwan and the U.S. or Taiwan and Japan, this event marks the first time that the three countries are working together to co-present artwork by some of their best ink painting artists. With a total of 8 artists participating in the event, the lineup from Taiwan represents the island’s ink painting history over the past half century. Apart from National Cultural Award winner Chiang Ming-Shyan and ink painting heavyweights Huang Kuang-Nan, Lo Cheng-Hsien, Charles Liu, and Lu Kun-He, artists such as Chang Fu-Chun, Yeung Chit …

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HER Gaze : An Exhibition of Contemporary Women Artists from Taiwan

On view from May 3rd to 25th, 2016, the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York is delighted to present HER Gaze, an exhibition of paintings by women artists born in the 1980s. Organized by independent curator Josiane Lih-Huei Lai, HER Gaze showcases nearly 20 paintings by eight female artists: CHANG Chia-Ying (b.1982), CHANG En-Tzu (b.1983), Joyce HO (b.1983), HO Szu-Wei (b.1985), HUANG Hai-Hsin (b.1984), HSIEH Yi-Ju (b.1983), YEN Yu-Ting (b.1989), and HSIAO Chu-Fang (b.1980). It is an opportunity to explore the styles and focus of these young artists from Taiwan. The renowned 20th century British feminist writer Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) wrote in the collection of essays, A Room of One’s Own (1929), that “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” She plainly pointed out that as long as a woman can maintain her independence, she can fulfill her creative desires. The female artists in this exhibition were all born between 1980-1989, more than 100 years after Woolf. They are not burdened with much baggage from the past. Growing up in the age of greater gender equality, the female artists of this generation do not deliberately discourse on feminist …

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2016 Residency Unlimited Winners Announced

  Taipei Cultural Center is delighted to announce the winners of 2016 RU residency opportunities sponsored by the Ministry of Cultural, Republic of China (Taiwan): Chiang Kai-chun and Wang Cheng-sean.    RU supports the creation, presentation and dissemination of contemporary art through its unique residency program and year-round public programs. The organization forges strategic partnerships with collaborating institutions to offer customized residencies designed to meet the individual needs of participating artists and curators.    Selected out of 20 submissions, Chiang specializes in animation, video art and photography, while Wang focuses on photography. The two winners are set to come to New York to participate in the program from August through November this year. A joint exhibition will be held in late November to showcase international artists’ works during their residency at RU.  

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