Half the Sky: Women in the New Art of China

August 26, 2011
Editor: Wu Linfei

An historic exhibition of contemporary Chinese women artists will be presented at Drexel University from September 23 to November 12, 2011. Co-curated by the National Art Museum of China and the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery of Drexel University, this survey-scale exhibition will be the first of its kind in the United States. More than 60 artworks by 22 woman artists, including painting, photography, sculpture, video and installation, will be on display.

The artwork of featured artist Yin Xiuzhen.[drexel.edu]
The artwork of featured artist Yin Xiuzhen.[drexel.edu]

In July, 2008, Holland Carter of the NY Times referred to Chinese women artists as the "quietly emerging sector" of the Chinese contemporary art world. But the phenomenal rush of so many Chinese artists to international success has bypassed the majority of deserving women artists. Half the Sky attempts to redress this situation by representing a cross section of gifted women artists currently working both inside China and in the Chinese diaspora.

It has been decades since late Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong set communist ideology by proclaiming that women "hold up half the sky." In the West, the Women's Movement of the 1970s and 80s has elevated the esteem in which women artists are held to a point of approximate parity with men. And yet Chinese women artists, while certainly not ignored on the world stage, are nevertheless overlooked to a significant degree. 


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