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  • Events | 19 April, 2012 (16:09)

    Artistic Globalisation

    We have all reported on many aspects of the globalisation story—things like finance, commerce, technology, sport and pop-culture. We hope you will join us at a special FCCC speaker event exploring yet another strand in the globalisation story: fine art.

    The work of Qiu Mai (aka Michael Cherney) has been described as “the cutting-edge demonstration of artistic globalisation.” If Asian artists can so readily “come West,” then what is to prevent large numbers of future Western artists from “going Asian”? Or, like Qiu Mai/Michael Cherney, going both ways at once, both American and Chinese, modern and traditional?

    Michael will show some of his own work, and discuss how it fits into the grand sweep of China’s classical art traditions. He will also talk about how those traditions are themselves holding up amid China’s headlong rush into modernity and globalisation.

    DATE: Apr 25 (Wednesday)
    TIME: 4:30-6pm
    VENUE: FACE Bar, 26 Dongcaoyuan, Gongti Nanlu – 工体南路东草园26号
    ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB at the door for non-members
    REGISTRATION: at fcccadmin@gmail.com

    In his award-winning work as a photographer, calligrapher and book artist, Michael Cherney draws on the subtleties of China’s most scholarly and esoteric traditions.  He is also well acquainted with the journalistic side of the photography business, and how art connects to the world at large:  his involvement in photography began with works left behind by his grandfather, Charles Hoff, the New York Daily News photojournalist who took the iconic photograph of the 1937 Hindenburg explosion.

    Based in Beijing, Michael is a successful artist whose works can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Getty Research Institute, the Princeton University Art Museum, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, the Harvard University Art Museums, the Chengdu Contemporary Art Museum and others.

    In the words of Jerome Silbergeld, P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Professor of Chinese Art History at Princeton University: “One would be hard-pressed to find a “more Chinese” artist than Qiu Mai (b. 1969)…  Qiu Mai’s art is less provocative than it is intellectually engaging, meditative, and often simply beautiful. What is provocative is his identity: Qiu Mai is the studio name for Michael Cherney, born in New York. Cherney’s work is the cutting-edge demonstration of artistic globalization.”