Art in Print

Cass Sculpture Foundation exhibits new Chinese art among trees

A slew of works by young Chinese artists are now on view in the garden of the Cass Sculpture Foundation in Goodwood, West Sussex. The site-specific installation of works comes from the group effort of curators Ella Liao, Claire Shea and Wenny Teo. The trio sought to cast an eye on a younger generation of Chinese artists, focusing on those born around the end of the Cultural Revolution.


This generation of artists, coming after Ai Weiwei and his peers, have a markedly different take on culture, politics, technology and the economy. A number of artists have inserted technology into the site’s lush expanse of trees, while others’ works tackle history, culture and national identity with a good dose of humour and bite. The works will be on view through 6 November. 


Via The Times


Moscow crushes artistic rise of Perm

The Russian provincial city of Perm became a laboratory for social and cultural experiment in 2008. Its then-regional governor, Oleg A. Chirkunov, decided to propel the modernisation of the provincial area through art projects, drafting an audacious plan for development in the arts. By now, the city should have a sleek new opera theatre, a contemporary art museum, and a white cube gallery looking over the Kama River. However, none of this has happened due to a change in power in 2012, when Chirkunov was replaced by the bureaucrat Viktor F. Basargin.


After Barsargin came into office, he set about undoing most of the cultural accomplishments in the preceding years. In an interview, the new local culture minister Igor A. Gladnev called Western culture “a pest” that had infected the Russian town. Today, few prominent cultural figures still remain in the city to draw visitors.


Via The New York Times


From the Tate to the Serpentine: New directors are shaping London’s creative future

The major cultural institutions in London have seen a recent spate of changes to its leadership. The National Portrait Gallery, The National Gallery, The Serpentine, Tate Britain, and the British Museum have all recently appointed new directorship positions. The new guard is taken the reins at a time when London’s museums, galleries and theaters enjoy an unprecedentedly high reputation internationally. The new directors boast an internationalism and a sense of public service, bringing into their new tenures an excitement about the city’s assets and how to showcase them.   


Via the Evening Standard