Half the Sky: Women in the New Art of China

  • August 26, 2011
  • Editor:Wu Linfei
  • Change Text Size: A  A  A

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. 

(Source:drexel.edu)

13.7K
comment on this story

Messages that harass, abuse or threaten others; have obscene or otherwise objectionable content; have commercial or advertising content or links may be removed.

Name:
Nationality:
Location:
Content:
  You may put in  6,000  characters
Verification code: Click to change the identifying code    If the code is not clear, please click here for a new code.
No comment
    newsletter
       
    • Thank you so much for your reply, Yang. I appreciate it very much! Have a wonderful day! LindaLinda Ann Jones from USA
    • respected madam, I am a PhD student from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. These days I am here in Shandong University, China for learning Chinese language.my PhD topic deals with the women workers in china. I would be really greatful to you if yo ...ila joshi from Indian
    • Hello, I received your publication in an email and see that you have a section on education. I would love to have you consider for review my book entitled Alphabet Anatomy: Meet the Capital Letters, which presents an innovative and fresh concept fo ...Linda Ann Jones from USA
    • Hello, we are looking to interview one to two members of your organisation for a piece on gender and age diversity across the public sector in G20 countries. Our interviews usually get international press coverage and this would be an excellent oppor ...Kyle Monk from London, Westminster
    • I am looking for a Chinese woman who wants to come to Italy to live with me, my email: sognig@gmail.com georgegiorgio from italy
    • Hi, i come back from Phuket, Thailand, and i was very surprised because a lot of chinese tourists woman get assaulted/raped in Thailand,and you do nothing to warn them. You should warn your people to becareful for holidaying in Phuket! Here t ...Jerome from France
    • Please could you provide me contacts that would like to come to Belize and teach the art of Ballet With Gymnastics. You can contact me at above email. preference female, 18-mid 30's.Shihan Kelly from Belize
    • Dear Madam, I'm a Dutch student and for my research on the position of Chinese woman on the labour market, i like to speak with an expert and a succesfull or less succesfull business lady. Is there a possibility i can speak to someone of the A ...Sharon Usai from Holland
    • Hello, The Honorable Barbara Hackman Franklin, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce under George H. W. Bush and current President and CEO of Barbara Franklin Enterprises, is interested in contacting Ms. Shen Yueyue, the new President of the All- ...Samantha Ellison from US
    • Dear Sir or Madam I am currently doing my master's thesis at the University of Eastern Finland. My subject is "Women and Hukou". I want to understand the Chinese hukou system better and also research how the hukou-system treats women. I do not wan ...Pia Eskelinen from Finland
      • 10 Outstanding Women Working in NGOs
      • 10 Notable Women in Chinese History
      • Historical Changes in Chinese Women
      • 100th Anniversary of International Women
      在线翻译