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The coming decades explosion of Chinese culture

June 7th, 2010 1 comment

Song Dynasty (AD 960-1127) Calligraphy by Ming Dizhu

Song Dynasty (AD 960-1127) Calligraphy by Ming Dizhu

China Daily has just reported a “Chinese calligraphy work sold for record $57.1M” at the Poly 2010 Spring Auction on June 4, 2010. This record price puts Ming Dizhu’s work within the same league as van Gogh and Picasso in terms of how much was fetched from an auction (“Portrait of Dr. Gachet,” $139million, inflation adjusted, van Gogh; “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust”, $106million, inflation adjusted, Picasso).

According to a Boston Consulting Group report in late 2009, the number of millionaires in China has reached around 450,000 by the end of 2009. Given the fact that China’s GDP has grown 8% to 10% annually for the last three decades, two phenomenons have occurred:

a. Demand for Chinese art has increased because Chinese citizens have become wealthier.

b. Supply for Chinese art (contemporary) has increased because more Chinese are freed from subsistence to pursue art.

In turn, the international art market expects Chinese art to become even more valuable for the above two reasons.  Foreign collectors – private individuals and  museums alike collect Chinese art.  Collectors also exhibit because further popularizing the pieces enhances the art’s value. (Here is a collection of works by some popular contemporary Chinese artist in Beijing – Art Scene Beijing.)
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Now here is an idea for people looking for Chinese (looking) tattoos

November 13th, 2009 1 comment

Berlin Wall Domino Piece At the Berlin Wall anniversary celebration a couple of days ago, the Germans arranged a thousand pieces of eight-foot tall Styrofoam slabs, symbolizing Berlin Wall pieces and each decorated with various arts, into a line of dominoes and started their toppling. This cascading action eventually came to a halt at a piece with apparently some Chinese calligraphy written on it, which stayed up. You can check out this youtube video for the full sequence of events.

There has been quite a bit of discussion going on in the Chinese forums regarding the symbolism of this scene. Well, this post has nothing to do with it. So if you have comments regarding Berlin Wall and China, please go to Allen’s post of that subject.

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Mark of a gentleman – the calligraphy of Chinese leaders

July 16th, 2008 30 comments

Although some aspects of Chinese culture has been severely neglected and abused over the 20th century, other aspects remain eternal in Chinese society. One enduring trait is appreciation for traditional calligraphy.

While no Chinese political leader can point to penmanship as being the source of power, it’s no exaggeration to say cultivated writing attracts attention and admiration, while poor writing form invites suspicion and scorn. Here is a collection of calligraphy from notable Chinese leaders of the 20th (and now 21st) century, in chronological order:

Sun Zhongshan, founder of the Chinese republic (here with his earlier name, Sun Wen). “Everything for the public.”

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