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  • My brief background: was a banker, not a fine art background, but somehow it was a calling and I can’t resist it.

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  • Chinese Art Today Abby Chen Program Director Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco
  • Reality Check
  • Brief History of Chinese modern art Pre-1949 After 1949 1985 New wave After 2000
  • Brief History of Chinese modern art Pre-1949 After 1949 1985 New wave After 2000
  • Pre-1949 After 1949 19 85 N ew wave L ater Brief History of Chinese modern art 沈勤:师徒对话 1984
  • Brief History of Chinese modern art G u Wenda: Temple of heaven, 1993
  • Brief History of Chinese modern art 沈勤:纸本水墨 2004 - 2006
  • Brief history of Chinese contemporary photography
    • Late Qing dynasty and Minguo
    • Lang Jingshan era
    • Post 1949
    • Culture revolution
    • Post Culture revolution
    • Documentary photography
    • Fine art photography
  • Brief history of Chinese contemporary photography Weng Naiqiang:1966 RMB 150, 000-RMB180 ,000 100×100cm
  • C hinese Photography Li Lang, 1993
  • R ecent favourites
  • R ecent favourites
  • My own focus
    • Photography & new media
    • First exhibit curated in 2002 in S.F.
    • Introduced a group of emerging artists to China, including Han Lei, Wang Ningde, Ma Liang, Yang Yankang, etc.
    • Interested in not just professional artists, but emerging artists with non-art background
  • My recent project
    • MoCA exhibition
    • Nostalgia
    • Documentary Film Screening
    • Lectures and discussion
  • How I view art & my direction
    • Use art and culture to unite and elevate a community
    • Strong commitment to art and culture programs that focus on traditional and contemporary Chinese art
    • Special attention will be given to art exhibit that can bridge the following community: Chinese from Greater China Region, Chinese American, English speaking Non-Chinese
    • Revitalize traditional art form with a contemporary approach
  • Relationship between arts & community
    • What does it mean to be Chinese American?
    • Are we just here for one generation or for generations to come?
    • Why the American born Chinese descendants view themselves more as Asian American than Chinese American?
    • A community can not be well established without a strong value proposition
    • Art and culture are the best way to unite the community, but often got neglected.
  • An easy entry to the western world for Chinese
    • Political debate (Communism, China-Taiwan issue, Human rights, AIDS, Corruption, Poverty, Religion, etc.)
    • Shock value (some contemporary art)
    • M yth, Rara-Avis: 猎奇 Dragons, flying martial arts, etc
    • Is there a way that we don’t use any of the above?
  • Suggestion for art lovers
    • Find the art that speaks to you
    • Judge artwork by yourself, not by the price tag or the fame
    • No need to worship any names, all artists and curators have ups and downs, just like in any other industry
    • Be careful with “Emperor’s new clothes”
  • C oming soon: opening on 5/9
  • C oming soon
  • Mind Games - Classical Chinese Puzzles : Opening in conjunction with Beijing Olympics
  • Thank you Abby Chen, Program Director Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco www.c-c-c.org [email_address]