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2019
05/15
Taipei-based Chi-Wen Gallery presents three Taiwanese artists at 2019 Frieze-New York's main section
Blending old and new, everydayness and edginess, Chi-Wen Gallery renders another showstopper at this year’s Frieze New York! Three Taiwanese photography/video artists—Chieh-Chi Chang, Yuan Goang-Ming, and Su Misu—will be featured at the City’s most prominent art fair. Both Chang and Yuan, each in their own way, address the issue of conflict and the spectre of a devastating war to win the opposite side over. Chang uses sound and photography to document the tension between North and South Korea, whereas Yuan uses video and drawing to capture similar hostility between Taiwan and China. Chang, a noted Magnum photographer, has extended his creative endeavors into video and sound in recent years. At the 2019 edition of Freize-New York, his work titled “Voice of DPRK: Broadcast by Ri Chun-hee, August 17, 2011, Pyongyang” will be presented. A sound installation, the work features the most notable North Korean TV news presenter Ri Chu-hee announcing the regime’s statement on peaceful reunification in her signature melodramatic style. As to Yuan, his video work “Everyday Maneuver” documents the annual Wan’an Air Raid Drill in Taiwan and captures the moment when the hustle and bustle of Taipei comes to a halt when the air raid sirens sound over the city. From its inception in 1978, the drill is mandatory for all Taiwanese to join. Today this ritual serves as a reminder that the threat of annexation still lurks across the strait. At the same time, this everydayness of warfare conjures a ghost city in modern-day Taiwan that becomes the perfect selfie backdrop for young people. A Frieze-New York first timer, Taiwanese photographer and performance artist Su Misu will be introduced to art fair visitors through her staged photography works on topics of BDSM and LGBTQ+. Coming from a medical background, Su’s interested in the “synthetic”, the “unnatural”, and other embodiments, using photography to discuss the struggle between the real and the illusory. Signature pieces from her recent projects “ihategoodbye” and “I am a fake, but my heart is true” will be on view at Frieze this year. As a special presentation, a video production of London-based artist Victoria Sin’s performance “If I had the words to tell you we wouldn’t be here now” at Chi-Wen Gallery in Taipei this past January, will also be presented during the art fair. The performance will be restaged at the opening week of the Venice Biennale May 8-12, 2019.
2019
04/27
Taiwanese Puppet Master Documentary FATHER Kicking off US East Coast Shows in New York
The award-winning documentarian Yang Li-chou returns to the U.S. with his new work FATHER was presented at the first edition of CineCina Film Festival in New York on April 14. Making its international premiere at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, this film also won the award in the features category of the Chinese Documentary Festival 2018.   A decade in the making, FATHER focuses on the life of Taiwanese puppet master Chen Hsi-huang and his strained relationship with his father Li Tian-lu, legendary puppeteer-actor who starred in Hou Hsiao-hsien’s THE PUPPETMASTER. Exhibiting both candor and vulnerability, this revealing documentary not only shows how Chen wrests his identity from his father but also reflects the history of Puppet Theater in Taiwan.   Yang Li-chou graduated from the Graduate Institute of Sound and Image Studies in Documentary of Tainan National University of the Arts. He has been an active documentary filmmaker and won countless awards ever since. He was in attendance for a Q&A following the N.Y. screening of FATHER, the latest work which took him most time shooting in his career.
2019
04/12
Taiwanese Comic Artists Participate 2019 MoCCA Arts Festival
The Taipei Cultural Center in New York is very pleased to invite Taiwanese comic artists, Li Lung-Chieh(李隆杰) and Ko You-Shi(柯宥希, 顆粒) to bring their award-wining works, 1661 Koxinga Z and Why Not 3 ? to participate 2019 MoCCA Arts Festival in New York and demonstrate how they create their characters. The MoCCA (Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art) Arts Festival is the largest gathering of independent illustrators and cartoon, comic and animation artists in New York. It took place April 6-7th, 2019 at Metropolitan West in New York City. On April 9, they both gave lectures at the Society of Illustrators, during which they talk about their creative processes and the features of Taiwanese comics, as well as demonstrate how they draw their comics.
2019
03/23
moCa Cleveland Presents "Lee Mingwei: You Are Not A Stranger" to Mark its 50th Anniversay
As the centerpiece of its 50th anniversary celebration suite of exhibitions, moCa presents a group of seminal works by famed Taiwanese artist Lee Mingwei. You Are Not a Stranger continues a dialogue with the artist, who moCa presented in his first solo exhibition in a US museum twenty years ago. From March 15—July 28, 2019, this presentation, which includes sculpture, photography, installation, and performance, offers a series of unique and powerful interactive experiences with art. The exhibition includes four of the artist’s well-known works: Sonic Blossom (2013), The Moving Garden (2009), The Mending Project (2009), and 100 Days of Lily (1995). Each is designed to enchant and inspire audiences, and cultivate giving, reciprocity, and connection among strangers. Lee Mingwei (1964, Taiwan, lives and works in New York and Paris) is an internationally-acclaimed artist, renowned for his participatory mixed-media installations that explore how acts of generosity can nurture interaction and connection among individuals.
2019
03/12
Taiwanese Artist Featured at the Rubin Museum of Art
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York is pleased to announce that Taiwanese artist Charwei Tsai’s artworks will be featured in “The Power of Intention: Reinventing the (Prayer) Wheel” at the Rubin Museum of Art from March 1 through October 14, 2019. The exhibition draws inspiration from the Tibetan prayer wheel and takes this ritual object as a “metaphor for the power to create positive change.” It brings together select examples of traditional and contemporary art to “illuminate the relationship between our intentions, commitments, and actions.” Tsai’s featured works include A Supplication, a water color drawing on rice paper, depicting the Guru Rinpoche mantra dispersing into space from a seed syllable at the center, and Spiral Incense with Mantras which consists of three large spiral incense pieces inscribed with the Guru Rinpoche mantra. As part of her work, Tsai will perform writing the mantra on the incense before it’s hung in the gallery on March 1 at 3 pm at the museum.