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Chinese Contemporary Art and the Market

Date & Time:
13/11/2017 - 15/11/2017  From 7:30 pm to 8:45 pm
20/11/2017 - 22/11/2017  From 7:30 pm to 8:45 pm

How to appreciate Chinese contemporary art? Who are the current top artists and rising stars? What are the strategies of buying Chinese artworks? Led by renowned academics, curators, and market specialists, Chinese Contemporary Art and the Market will investigate these topics.

From the 1979 ‘Open Door Policy’, which triggered the birth of Chinese Contemporary Art, to the development of the contemporary art scene within Greater China area in the following three decades, the course will explore how key artists and their works evolved amidst drastic political and economic changes, and further discuss the connections between the artists, history, and the market.


After the six sessions which cover the historical context, major artworks, and the market, the programme will end with an exclusive Central Gallery Crawl where participants will visit international blue chip  galleries with the art expert.

Speakers' Information:

Catherine Maudsley, Art Historian, Art Advisor and Curator
Catherine Maudsley is a Hong Kong-based art historian, art advisor, curator, educator and writer. She has lectured for global forums and a wide range of institutions, including the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Hong Kong; the HKU Space Executive Programme with Art Basel and Central Saint Martin’s; Hong Kong Art School; Christie’s Education; Sotheby’s Institute of Art and UBS Art Education Series. Maudsley has acted as a moderator for the Asia Society, Christie’s Forum, L’ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels and many others. Maudsley has published widely, including Arts of Asia, the Asian Art Newspaper, Orientations and has contributed to and edited a number of art related books.

The recipient of over twenty awards for exceptional achievement, she was a Connaught Research Scholar at the University of Toronto, a Canada-China Scholar at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing and a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Hong Kong. She has served on the Executive Committees of the University of Hong Kong Museum Society, and the Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong and is a Hong Kong Art School Council Member.

Catherine Maudsley Ltd, founded in 1994, provides art advisory and curatorial services to distinguished collectors worldwide.


Zheng Bo, Assistant Professor at City University of Hong Kong, Artist, Art Critic

Zheng Bo is an expert on Chinese contemporary art. His essays have been published in multiple journals and books, most recently in Reading Contemporary Performance (Routledge 2016) and Global Activism (MIT Press, 2015). He is an editorial board member of Journal of Chinese Contemporary Art, and recently co-edited with Sohl Lee a special issue titled “Contemporary Art and Ecology in East Asia.” He holds a PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester. He taught at China Academy of Art from 2010 to 2013, and currently teaches at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. 


Sophie Hu, Lecturer, Art Learning Development Director, Hong Kong Arts Centre
Sophie Hu has rich teaching experience -- in addition to leading the Art Learning programmes at HKAC, Sophie is also the Art Education Consultant for brands and corporates such as Cartier, Blancpain, and The International New York Times, providing Art Appreciation & Investment courses for their top clients as well as senior managers. Before joining the Centre, Sophie served at Christie’s Education Asia and was in charge of curriculum design, research, lectures, and developing collaborations with art institutions. She designed programmes and lectured for the EMBA class of top business schools, including China Europe International Business School (CIEBS) and Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), in addition to clients of Christie’s auction house.

In conjunction with the Shanghai Museum, Sophie Hu was one of the editors of Chen Hongshou and Cui Zizhong – Two Master Painters from Ming Dynasty China, and her exhibition reviews were published in professional art media, including The Art NewsPaper. Sophie Hu obtained her BA from The University of Hong Kong and MA from Boston University.

Chan Pui, Pedith, Assistant Professor at the Department of Cultural Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dr. Chan received her PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), and M. Phil from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She served as the assistant curator of Chinese Fine Arts at the Hong Kong Museum of Art (1996-1999) and taught at the City University for the BA programme Culture and Heritage Management (2010-2015). Her research interests center on the production and consumption of art and cultural heritage in modern and contemporary China. She is currently working on a project about the making of scenic attractions in modern and contemporary China.

Ingrid Pui Yee Chu, Curator and Writer
Ingrid is experienced at leading museums and non-profit art organisations including Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; Creative Time, New York; The Noguchi Museum, Long Island City; The Power Plant, Toronto; and CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco. Chu founded RED-I Projects, an independent curatorial platform in 2004, and she co-founded Forever & Today, Inc., a non-profit commissioning organisation alongside fellow Co-Director & Curator Savannah Gorton (Curator, Friends with Books, Art Book Fair Berlin) in New York in 2008. A frequent visiting curator and guest critic, Chu was a 2012 Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program Art Writing Workshop participant, and her writing has been featured in Afterall, Frieze, Frieze Masters, Kaleidoscope, Kaleidoscope Asia, LEAP, Ocula, Performa Magazine, Walker Art Center Magazine, and Yishu, among other international contemporary art and culture publications.

Course Outline:

Session One | Monday 13 November | The Rise of Chinese Contemporary Art 

This session examines the early development of Chinese contemporary art in the 1970s, the ’85 New Wave and ’89 Avant-Garde exhibitions, as well as the rise of Chinese contemporary art on the international stage in the 1990s.

Session Two | Tuesday 14 November | Oil Painting in the New Era

This session looks at artists who work with oil paintings. Major styles we will discuss include Cynical Realism and Political Pop, which are important in art history and popular on the international art market. Artists to be discussed include Fang Lijun, Liu Wei, Wang Guangyi, Zeng Fanzhi, and Zhang Xiaogang.

Session Three | Wednesday 15 November | Contemporary Ink

This lecture explores the contemporary artists who reinterpret ink painting – this traditional genre—in new ways. Important artists to be covered include Li Huayi and Liu Dan, who are inspired by the literati culture, as well as Gu Wenda and Zheng Chongbin, who experiment ink with innovative techniques and abstractionism ideas.

Session Four | Monday 20 November | Art in Hong Kong

In conversation format, participants will discuss the important art trends and development of art scene in Hong Kong with artists as well as professionals.

Session Five | Tuesday 21 November | Experimental Art

This session explores the art forms beyond paintings, namely photography, video, film, performance, and installations. Important works to be discussed include Cao Fei’s multimedia installations, Song Dong’s performances, Zhang Peili’s video works, and Yang Fudong’s photographs.

Session Six | How to buy Chinese Contemporary Art

This session starts with a thorough analysis on the current market of Chinese contemporary art. Further, we will discuss the investment value of buying Chinese Contemporary Art and the tricks of buying artworks from a gallery (the primary market) VS from an auction house (the secondary market).

Session Seven | Central Gallery Crawl (optional)

Led by the art expert, participants will explore the international blue chip galleries and their latest shows.



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Language: English & Mandarin
FeeHKD7,000; early-bird rate of HKD6,000 if paid in full by 13 October; group price HKD 5,000 per head

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