VISUAL ARTS

“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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HER Gaze : An Exhibition of Contemporary Women Artists from Taiwan

On view from March 14th to 30th, 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 …

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Monkeys Take Over Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre for Lunar New Year Celebrations, Feb. 20-21

Returning to Harbourfront Centre to celebrate the coming of another year, LunarFest will ring in the Lunar New Year with an exciting and diverse weekend of events. From February 20–21, this family-friendly festival will feature a wide range of activities, including musical performances, craft activities and delectable Asian cuisine. Two major interactive installations will feature hundreds of life-sized monkey figurines on site to greet visitors. The entire festival will be free to attend, and food and souvenirs (including monkey figurines) will be available for purchase. A time of celebration, the Lunar New Year also offers the chance for reflection, particularly with this year’s representative animal. “2016 is the Year of the Monkey – the species closest to the human being,” says Charlie Wu, Managing Director of the Asian Canadian Special Events Association, which is partnering with Harbourfront Centre to co-produce LunarFest. “Monkeys, too, are emotional creatures who are intelligent, crafty, curious and naughty at times. Are there lessons humans can learn from monkeys?” LunarFest – Highlights at a Glance: Theatre: A staple at Lunar New Year celebrations, the traditional lion dance will be performed by Taiwan’s Jin Fei Feng Marionette Theatre Troupe at World’s Smallest Lion Dancers. The show offers an unique …

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Open Call for Residency Unlimited 2016

2016 紐約 Residency Unlimited 創作發表計畫甄選簡章駐紐約臺北文化中心與大紐約地區知名藝術機構Residency Unlimited(RU)今年第四度合作,將公開徵選2件符合大紐約區物人文藝術特質,且創新、具體可行之藝術創作方案,由文化部贊助藝術家於2016年8月至11月赴(前來)紐約執行該創作發表計畫。徵件報名時間自即日起至美東時間2016年3月1日下午5時止,有意前進紐約創作及發表作品的藝術工作者,切勿錯過這個機會。 RU為立案之非營利藝術組織,由資深藝術行政工作者Nathalie Anglès及Sebastien Sanz de Santamaria於2009年共同創立,Anglès女士為現任總監。該機構位於紐約布魯克林區市中心,以一棟翻修後之舊教堂為辦公空間,內有一挑高之多功能展場,可辦理展覽、小型演出及講座等各項藝文活動,並提供藝術家、策展人交流與工作之公共空間、網路及辦公設備。 RU創立時間雖不長,但因提供駐村藝術家專業且紮實之協助,快速在業界累積口碑,近年成為各國藝術機構爭取合作之對象。RU專精跨領域藝術交流及架接合作管道,與大紐約地區藝術界關係良好,除辦理駐村、定期藝術講座、發表會等活動外,且運用其豐富之資源及人脈,每週安排駐村藝術家每週與紐約地區不同藝術機構負責人、策展人會議至少一次,藉此訓練藝術家表述介紹個人作品及創作理念之能力,並透過與業界人士頻繁激盪交流,不斷精進個人創作。另外,RU不定期安排駐村藝術家到相關機構及知名藝術家工作室參訪,同時鼓勵當期國際駐村藝術家之間交流討論,在駐村後期並為藝術家舉辦聯合成果發表展,加強國外駐村之實質意義及延伸效益,甚至進一步促成駐村藝術家獲美國藝文機構邀請參展。 紐文中心自2013年開始與RU駐村創作計畫合作,每年甄選2名藝術工作者參與。2013年獲選之藝術家為侯怡亭及曹良賓,2014年為朱盈樺、黃大維,2015年則為孟祥路、劉美齡,6人咸認RU駐村期間獲益良多,目前也皆積極從事創作,活躍於藝術圈。 本案今年度徵選名額為2位,不限藝術領域及創作媒材,報名截止日期為美東時間2016年3月1日下午5時,報名文件經初審符合資格後,由RU及紐文中心共同評審,預計3月中旬公布獲選名單。獲選藝術家之國際旅費、生活費及創作費由文化部補助。 本案詳細資訊請參閱甄選簡章。

駐紐約臺北文化中心與大紐約地區知名藝術機構Residency Unlimited(RU)今年第四度合作,將公開徵選2件符合大紐約區物人文藝術特質,且創新、具體可行之藝術創作方案,由文化部贊助藝術家於2016年8月至11月赴(前來)紐約執行該創作發表計畫。徵件報名時間自即日起至美東時間2016年3月1日下午5時止,有意前進紐約創作及發表作品的藝術工作者,切勿錯過這個機會。
RU為立案之非營利藝術組織,由資深藝術行政工作者Nathalie Anglès及Sebastien Sanz de Santamaria於2009年共同創立,Anglès女士為現任總監。該機構位於紐約布魯克林區市中心,以一棟翻修後之舊教堂為辦公空間,內有一挑高之多功能展場,可辦理展覽、小型演出及講座等各項藝文活動,並提供藝術家、策展人交流與工作之公共空間、網路及辦公設備。
RU創立時間雖不長,但因提供駐村藝術家專業且紮實之協助,快速在業界累積口碑,近年成為各國藝術機構爭取合作之對象。RU專精跨領域藝術交流及架接合作管道,與大紐約地區藝術界關係良好,除辦理駐村、定期藝術講座、發表會等活動外,且運用其豐富之資源及人脈,每週安排駐村藝術家每週與紐約地區不同藝術機構負責人、策展人會議至少一次,藉此訓練藝術家表述介紹個人作品及創作理念之能力,並透過與業界人士頻繁激盪交流,不斷精進個人創作。另外,RU不定期安排駐村藝術家到相關機構及知名藝術家工作室參訪,同時鼓勵當期國際駐村藝術家之間交流討論,在駐村後期並為藝術家舉辦聯合成果發表展,加強國外駐村之實質意義及延伸效益,甚至進一步促成駐村藝術家獲美國藝文機構邀請參展。
紐文中心自2013年開始與RU駐村創作計畫合作,每年甄選2名藝術工作者參與。2013年獲選之藝術家為侯怡亭及曹良賓,2014年為朱盈樺、黃大維,2015年則為孟祥路、劉美齡,6人咸認RU駐村期間獲益良多,目前也皆積極從事創作,活躍於藝術圈。
本案今年度徵選名額為2位,不限藝術領域及創作媒材,報名截止日期為美東時間2016年3月1日下午5時,報名文件經初審符合資格後,由RU及紐文中心共同評審,預計3月中旬公布獲選名單。獲選藝術家之國際旅費、生活費及創作費由文化部補助。
本案詳細資訊請參閱甄選簡章

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Stanley Fung’s ‘Saint Anonymous’ to be on display in New York Dec. 3-30, 2015

The first solo eixhibition entitled Saint Anonymous by the Hong Kong-born Taiwan photographer Stanley Fung will be on display at inCube Arts SPACE in New York December 3 to 30, 2015. The portrait series ‘Saint Anonymous’ were shot in monochrome, and most of the models are friends and members of Fung’s church. To Fung, who is a full-time clergyman, photography is more than an art or a hobby. “For him, photography is not only an artistic method for expressing the self, but a way to photograph the souls of mankind,” said Taiwanese photographer Yuan Yi-zhong. He added that in the history of portrait photography, Edward Curtis, whose works are mostly those of North American Indians, is without a doubt the foremost pioneer in using photography to capture the soul. Though Fung found it difficult not to be influenced by Curtis and his works, he still managed to create his own style, which is an amazing feat. As a pastor, Fung discovered hints of biblical revelations amongst his fellow church members. From this, he successfully conveyed the magical powers of faith, those that make one feel calm, fulfilled, strong, and satisfied. These portraits exude a sense of spiritual sublimation, and express …

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“Sonic Blossom” Unfolds at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Oct. 30

“May I give you a song?” This question is at the heart of artist Lee Mingwei’s interactive performance work. Starting Oct. 30 through Nov. 8, in the Met’s Modern and Contemporary as well as Asian Art Galleries, singers will approach visitors at the Metropolitan Museum of Art at random with the query. If the visitor’s answer is “yes,” the vocalist will perform a Schubert lied. Mingwei compares the sporadic performances to “the folding and unfolding of a ‘Sonic Blossom.’” This exhibition is being presented in celebration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Department of Asian Art at the Met. Sonic Blossom will be performed in The Blanche A.L. Levine Court, Gallery 915 (October 30-31; November 6-8) and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Gallery 206 (November 1-5) during Museum hours. Sonic Blossom is co-presented by the Met and Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) and are made possible by the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan (R.O.C.) and Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York.

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The IEEE VIS 2015 Arts Program and Exhibition in Chicago presents “A Stranger to Words” by Meng Chih Chiang

Meng Chih Chiang, a Taiwanese artist, is featured in The IEEE VIS 2015 Arts Program Exhibition for her installation of the new media art “A Stranger to Words.” In collaboration with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, selected artworks will be featured for a two week period from October 16th through October 30th in the LeRoy Neiman Center, open to the general public as well as to VIS attendees. IEEE VIS 2015 is the premier forum for advances in scientific and information visualization. This weeklong event convenes an international community of researchers and practitioners from academia, government, and industry to explore their shared interests in tools, techniques, and technology. A full complement of research presentations, tutorials, workshops, panels, demonstrations, posters, and exhibitions make this conference one of the largest and most important gatherings of researchers and professionals who specialize in the visual analysis of data. The theme for VISAP’15, the IEEE VIS 2015 Arts Program, is Data Improvisations. VISAP’15 showcases innovative artwork and research that explores the exciting and increasingly prominent intersections between art and visualization. Through a dedicated papers track and an exhibition that run concurrently with the IEEE 2015 VIS conference, the Arts Program aims to …

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