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China

'We cannot build a truly globalised art world without China'

Artistic exchange has been vital to the mutual understanding between China and the West, says Karen Smith, the director of OCAT Contemporary Art Terminal, Xi’an, China

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Obituaries

Gaylord Chan—one of the last of a generation of Hong Kong Modernist painters—has died, aged 95

The artist was known for his brightly coloured abstract works, and as the founder of an art school that fostered a new generation of well-known artists

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Obituaries

Chinese artist and provocateur Huang Yong Ping has died, aged 65

Curator and collaborator Hou Hanru says that the late Chinese artist provided “an alternative viewpoint on the world”

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Attribution

Met's “Riverbank” row rages over attribution debate

Experts prepare to fight it out at the Metropolitan as the painting bought from artist-collector C.C. Wang goes on display

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Art market

US-China trade war expands to books and maps as increased tariffs hit art imports

Trump's newly increased tariff of 15% on Chinese goods now applies to the antiquarian trade, further affecting dealers and auction houses

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Private Museums

The Ullens Centre for the Arts will be the first private museum for Chinese and contemporary art in Beijing

...and this is where a Belgian collector will put his art on show

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Art market

The Trump administration’s tariffs will not hurt China but they will hurt the US art trade

Art organisations join other US businesses at a series of hearings this week in Washington, DC on the proposed 25% tariff on $300bn worth of Chinese goods

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Conservation & Preservation

Fragile inheritance: US museums bridge skills gap in conservation of Chinese paintings

Philanthropic funding assures new training for the next generation of masters to emerge

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Liu Ye

Liu Ye announced as David Zwirner's first Chinese artist following gallery's Hong Kong expansion

Zwirner plans to hold a solo exhibition of Liu's work in New York next year

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Betye Saar’s washboard works to Shen Fan’s playful abstraction

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Chinese art

Did somebody order Chinese (art)? Qiu Anxiong partners with New York restaurant

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Acquisitions

Why a six-ton scholar’s rock is making its way from China to Texas

A low-key request from the San Antonio Museum of Art director resulted in a big gift from Lake Taihu near Wuxi

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Frieze London 2018

Mega-galleries bank on Chinese art at Frieze

Trend follows dealers’ move into Eastern market

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Art market

Chinese art and antiquities spared from Trump’s tariffs

Auction houses and art dealers express ‘relief’ even as the US-China trade war escalates

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Artists

West Coast wave of Ai Weiwei shows puts Chinese artist in Los Angeles spotlight

Activist launches Jeffrey Deitch’s new Hollywood gallery and will show works with talent agency UTA

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scholarship

National Gallery names art historian Wu Hung as 2019 Mellon Lecturer

The scholar will give six talks surveying more than 2,000 years of Chinese history

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Exhibitions

Controversial animal works pulled from Guggenheim New York will go on show in Bilbao

Contemporary Chinese installations drew 'threats of violence' from animal rights activists last year

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Art market

Bronze looted from Summer Palace sells for £410,000 despite protest from China

Chinese authorities tried to stop the UK auction of the Tiger Ying vessel, which was taken by a British soldier in 1860

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Art Basel Hong Kong 2018

From Beijing to Mayfair: French dealer to open new gallery in London

Specialist Hadrien de Montferrand brings a unique mix of influences to his work

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Art market

Asia Week auctions reveal breadth of the market

Christie’s and Sotheby’s dominate in terms of value but smaller firms can compete in the field of Asian art, with the internet’s help

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Art market

Qi Baishi paintings set new $141m record for Chinese artist

Set of 12 ink panels by traditional master sell to Chinese buyer at Poly Auction Beijing for RMB931.5m

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Art market

Asian Art in London celebrates two decades with Six Dynasties

Exhibition of US TV agent Norman Kurland's collection of ancient Chinese art is a highlight of 20th anniversary event

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Obituaries

David Tang, fashion entrepreneur and Chinese art collector, dies aged 63

Founder of fashion brand Shanghai Tang displayed pieces from his collection in his clubs and restaurants

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Exhibitions

Chinese institutions work with the Metropolitan for groundbreaking exhibition

'Age of Empires' explores the art of the Qin and Han dynasties

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Auctions

Qianlong seal scooped up by Chinese collector for €21m at Paris auction

The object, owned by one of China’s longest serving emperors, sold for more than 20 times its estimate

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Chinese art

Restoration gives British Museum’s Amitabha Buddha a reason to smile

Bank of America sponsored the monumental statue’s first full conservation in 25 years

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Art market

Surge in sales of traditional arts in China

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Contemporary art

China show for Vuitton museum

Beijing's Ullens Center to help co-organise Paris exhibition

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Exhibitions

Sartorial artistry: Susan Jenkins discusses Eastern influence on Western fashion

The exhibition offers an overview of how Chinese culture has influenced Western fashion

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China relaxes de facto ban on showing Ai Weiwei’s art

Artist surprised after four exhibitions are allowed to open in Beijing—but international travel is still off-limits

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Cass Sculpture Foundation announces major Chinese art show in 2016

Large-scale installations by contemporary Chinese artists are being specially commissioned for next year

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Art market

Frieze launches charm offensive to tempt China, with Fiac not far behind

Frieze welcomes UK’s new visa rules for visitors as event’s co-founder prepares to “increase the dialogue” with Chinese artists and galleries

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Films

Uli Sigg film on his rational and comprehensive attitude to collecting Chinese contemporary art

Sigg reveals that he didn’t necessarily like some of the contemporary art he bought

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Ai Weiwei

Collector Christopher Tsai wants to open first Ai Weiwei museum

The proposed museum would probably be in New York

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Taipei

Taipei takes attendance top spot with loans from China

Asian art is in the ascendancy globally, while in Europe, Salvador Dalí reigns supreme

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Forgeries

Most Chinese paintings in the V&A are fake

Artist-forgers have fooled Chinese collectors for centuries, as museums in the West are now discovering

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Collectors

Connoisseur collectors: A story of ten approaches to acquiring art

From Liechtenstein to Lisbon, these collectors discuss their interests and methods

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Collectors

The co-founder of Yahoo is showing part of his Chinese calligraphy collection in San Francisco

Interview with collector Jerry Yang

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Shanghai

Censorship of Tiananmen Square photograph in Shanghai

Officials ask M97 gallery to remove work

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M+ Museum

Uli Sigg's huge gift to Hong Kong museum M+

The Swiss collector is donating 1,463 Chinese contemporary works, with plans to sell another 47

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Art market

Rich inland cities become players on Chinese art scene

Sotheby’s goes west as art centres spring up beyond the traditional coastal base

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Art market

Qianlong seal finally finds a buyer

After the first sale fell through, the seal's second buyer gets a bargain

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Art market

What Chinese collectors are really buying

While ancient art and ceramics remain popular, Contemporary Chinese art is taking off at home, and buyers outside the mainland are slowly looking toward Western art

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Art market

Local collectors pick and choose in Chinese art and ceramics sales, with unsold lots increasing in key auctions

The days when buyers would pay top prices for any work seem to be over, as a maturing market becomes more selective and sensitive to change in the global economy

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Art market

Records tumble as the Chinese mainland embraces its modernists

“Modern Chinese art has one goal: how to merge western art and Chinese art. Now Chinese collectors recognise the value of these works.”

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Asian art

Maynards looks East as Canadian auction house targets new Asian collectors

Striking while the market is hot

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Art fairs

CIGE Beijing is still local and still finding its way

Loyal collectors and galleries keep contemporary show on the map

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Art market

Chinese auction data lacks credibility

Leading British university research questions saleroom reporting

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Art market

Booming Chinese economy boosts art market

But emphasis is still on traditional works, with less understanding of contemporary art

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Art market

Art market's '08 boom and bust reflected in Chinese contemporary art sales

Figures saw buyers losing interest in the genre, before they regained confidence early last year

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Collectors

Some of the leading contemporary art collectors of China

While the stereotype of Chinese collectors includes a focus on traditional and historical Chinese art, these collectors buck the trend

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Collectors

Collectors from mainland China are beginning to buy across the board, both at home and abroad

“Is a new generation turning to contemporary art?”

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Collectors

A survey of some of the leading art collectors of China

Tastes remain mainly traditional

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Collectors

How the missing Zodiac fountain heads continue to be a sore point for China

Several have appeared at auction in recent years; the whereabouts of five remain unknown

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Collectors

Many Chinese collectors use their wealth to repatriate once-looted objects

Why bringing it back home is a mark of respect

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Museums

MoMA and Asian Art Archive explore the evolution of Chinese contemporary art

Many key documents now translated

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Collectors

Saatchi purchase makes collector Howard Faber think again

$6m from sale of Chinese paintings, including a Zeng Fanzhi, encourages him to review his remaining collection

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Museums

MoMA buys Chinese contemporary photographs including works by Ai Weiwei and Sheng Qi

Twenty-eight pieces have been purchased from collector Larry Warsh

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Huang Yong Ping

“I always insist that the artist must be given carte blanche”: Interview with Huang Yong Ping

The artist discusses his work, politics, censorship, “fake art” and the Beijing Olympics

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Collectors

We talk to Zhang Hao Ming, part-owner of Beijing’s Art Now gallery which took part in Art Basel for the first time in June

Telecoms millionaire, restaurateur, hotelier, reality TV producer, gallery owner and collector

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Collectors

Meet China’s top collector of contemporary art

Guan Yi tells us about his plans to open a museum and sculpture park on a 16.5-acre plot of land in Beijing

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China

Contemporary art chosen for new US embassy chosen “to connect” to China

The new embassy in Beijing, opening in August, will include art by Jeff Koons, Cai Guo-Qiang, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Rauschenberg, and others

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Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

First Ullens show is not representative of its subject matter

A letter to the editor

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Art market

The auction houses are distorting our understanding of Chinese art

Chinese auction house data deemed unreliable and misleading as not all artists have made it to the salesroom yet

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Artist interview

Interview with Cai Guo-Qiang on the eve of his retrospective: “I am eternally optimistic; I am Chinese”

The artist discusses his materials and his potentially explosive new book

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Auctions

Phillips de Pury plans seven-hour sale during Frieze week

The sales include the private collection of Marino Golinelli

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Collectors

1.3 billion Chinese people, but still not many substantial collectors of Chinese contemporary art

Here are the best known: one Swiss, one Chinese, one Belgian, three American and one British

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Art market

Installation withdrawn from Huang Yong Ping retrospective due to feud over restoration responsibility and costs, then sold at auction

Institutions are powerless to prevent such abuses, says Walker Art Center deputy director Philippe Vergne

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Art market

Specialist Barbara Pollock questions value of contemporary Chinese art

Pollock is forthright about her distrust of the current auction market in China

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China

A turn of the tides: Art is flowing back to China as the Chinese market grows

Overseas collectors are shipping work to China for sale in the growing number of auction houses

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Interviews

Interview with Sherman Lee: “Innovation, wherever it occurs, is ‘modern’, and people could be more modern in ancient times than we are now”

One of the great connoisseurs of our time, the curator of the current exhibition of Chinese art at the Guggenheim talks about Chinese art seen from within and without

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Art market

Following the postponement of Asia Week due to the World Trade Centre attack, sales flopped amid scant enthusiasm

Gandharan sculpture did well in an otherwise difficult week at the postponed Sotheby’s and Christie’s auctions

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Art market

The sale of Chinese porcelain triumphed during Asia Week

Excellent results for an exemplary group of Chinese porcelain

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Forgeries

Abundance of sophisticated fakes in China causes widespread worries

“The forgeries business is in full swing”

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Fakes & copies

Fakes of archaic Chinese jades are flooding the market

A dealer sounds the alarm

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Fakes & copies

Ming and Qing Chinese ceramics: A flood of fakes from Jingdezhen

Forgers reportedly work to order from Sotheby’s catalogues

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Art dealers

Diary of a dealer: veteran Asian art dealer Robert H. Ellsworth states “provenance is worth one-third of the price”

The market is driven by supply and demand and not by collectors’ taste, says veteran dealer in Asian art

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Exhibitions

What's on in London: Gwen John times two, with lots of unseen work

Fontana moves from Hayward exhibition to commercial gallery, Basquiat’s drawings come to the City and the centenary of the charming Ardizzone is celebrated

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Interviews

We must salvage what remains of the past: Interview with Johnson Chang

The guru of avant-garde Chinese art in the Eighties and early Nineties talks now of a return to tradition

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Art market

There has been a softening in the middle-range of the art market

Percentage rates are down in many areas for the first half of the season

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim's China exhibition: everything but the kitchen sink

This mega-show spanning five millennia focuses on “diversity rather than unity”, insists its organiser Sherman Lee, but does it risk homogenising Chinese art into a timeline?

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Collectors

Collector interview: Yonfan offers a tribute to the Princess of Wales from Hong Kong to Paris

Photographer and film director Yonfan has given eight Chinese paintings to the Musée Guimet in Paris

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Collectors

Collector profile: David Tang, the Jay Gatsby of Hong Kong?

David Tang mixes modern Chinese art with the smartest, retro-style club in Hong Kong and his own frantic life-style

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Collectors

Major Hong Kong collector, T.T. Tsui to sell his outstanding collection

His motivations to sell remain unclear

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Art market

A growing and buoyant Chinese art market suggests “No one should underestimate the strength of the Chinese diaspora”

1996 saw high prices and new records with the Chinese determining the shape and make up of future sales

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Art market

Shanghai is taking to meishu, for the first time an art scene is emerging in China’s most commercial city

With the Shanghai Museum expanding this month, a modern art museum planned for two years hence and a dozen serious commercial galleries likely in 1997

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Antiquities & Archaeology

This year’s top discoveries, as published in the State Cultural Relics Bureau’s weekly newspaper, plus the top ten projects of the past five years

The red-letter roll call of recent Chinese archaeology

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Art market

Chinese privatise their auction scene

Rapid advances as new companies model their catalogues and conditions of sale on Western models

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Antiquities & Archaeology

As economic development lays bare China's archaeological heritage, the government struggles to keep up with protecting the past

The Three Gorges dam and a number of smuggling stories highlight the difficulty of preserving the country's heritage

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Art market

Singapore’s new art auction market has an impressive turnover of more than $10 million after only five sales

A ten-fold increase in turnover on 1993

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Museums

Taiwan round-up: Belgian Expressionists, Warhol and a new museum in Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts opens a year ahead of schedule

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Victoria & Albert Museum

A gallery with a new vision of Chinese art opens at the V&A this month

Daring to say “This is rare and beautiful” in new V&A Chinese gallery