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Yan Ping, Self portrait, 2012 (detail). Image courtesy of the artist.
This talk focuses on the work of Chinese women artists of three generations, from those who studied abroad during the Republican era, and embraced an identity as modern xin nüxing or ‘new women’’, to those who emerged after the Cultural Revolution into the period of the ’85 New Wave movement, to a younger generation who challenge gender identities and stereotypes of acceptable femininity in entirely different ways. In the first part of the talk we will look at the extraordinary family lineage of Qiu Ti (wife of Pang Xunqin who established the modernist Storm Society in Shanghai when he returned from Paris in the 1930s), her daughter the painter Pang Tao, who is still actively exhibiting today, and her daughter Lin Yan, a multidisciplinary artist now based in New York. Following that we will discover the work of four contemporary artists – Yan Ping, Yu Hong, Cui Xiuwen and Cao Yu. What connects them and what divides them? Their works may be understood as ‘dialogues with Modernism’ that have resonated through the last decades of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, informed by trajectories of modernism and of feminist art in China.
Luise Guest is an independent writer and researcher based in Sydney. Since 2010 her writing about Chinese art has been published in print and online journals including The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, The Journal of Chinese Contemporary Art, Art Monthly Australasia, Artist Profile, Randian, Yishu Journal, and CoBO Social. Her first book, “Half the Sky: Conversations with Women Artists in China”, was published in 2016 by Piper Press, and she wrote the text for White Rabbit Collection’s three-volume ’99 Artists’ during her tenure as their Manager of Research. Luise is currently a sessional academic at UNSW Art & Design and is completing her PhD with a study examining intersections of gender and national identity in the work of contemporary women artists in/from China. Her website: http://luiseguest.weebly.com
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