The Chinese are known worldwide for their ceramic technology.Their international reputation for this product is so strong that inEnglish we call anything made of ceramic “china.” Ceramics arealso potent symbol of Chinese culture within China.
“I dont think humans can ever really control this, and ithas become even less controllable. Circumstances arenow much more complicated than we can predict. Forexample until quite recently there was no China or Indiaand now suddenly they are the factories of the world.But people are still trying to figure out what this meansin relation to ideology, social and political structure, andall kinds of other problems, like education and theenvironment. I dont think there is a single reaction, atleast for myself that can answer these questions, or putme at peace.” —Ai Weiwei, from a recent interview
Where are we now?What is our relationship to tradition?
Abbreviated list of dynasties Qin (220-206 BC) Han (206BC-220 AD) Tang 618-906 Song Northern Song 960-1127 Southern Song 1127-1279
Song This is one of the “golden ages” of Chinese culture.
Ma Lin, Scholar Reclining and Watching Rising Clouds, mid 13th c.Stuart Franklin, Students Hunger Striking, Tianamen Square, 1989
Fang Lijun1963 born Handun,Hebei province, China1989 Graduate, PrintDept., Central Institute of FineArts, Beijing, China2005 Professor, HebeiTraining University ArtCollege, ChinaLives/works Beijing
Fang Lijun, Group Two, No. 2, 1993, oil on canvas 78 3/4 x 78 3/4 Edvard Munch, The Scream, 1893, oil on canvas
Fang Lijun, Group Two, No. 2, 1993, oil on canvas 78 3/4 x 78 3/4 Francis Bacon, Self-Portrait, 1970, 14 x 12 inches
Fang Lijun, Group Two, No. 2, 1993, oil on canvas 78 3/4 x 78 3/4 Chinese Poster, c. 1960
Zhang Huan, To Add 1 Meter to an Unknown Mountain, 1995c-print
Zhang Huan, To Add 1 Meter, 1995 Great Wall of China
How would you compare and contrast the relationship between humans and the natural world in the work of Fan Kuan and Zhang Huan?