Participating artists: Cui Xiuwen, Feng Zhengjie, Gu Dexin, Guan Wei, Gu Wenda, He Jinwei, He Sen, Lin Yilin, Liu Wei, Lu Hao, Ma Liuming, Ni Haifeng, Shi Tou, Sui Jianguo, Peng Yu, Sun Yuan, Unmask Group, Wang Bo, Wang Guangyi, Wang Jianwei, Wang Luyan, Wang Yin, Wang Youshen, Wu Shanzhuan, Xiang Jing, Xu Tan, Yang Fudong, Yang Shaobin, Yue Minjun, Zeng Fanzhi, Zeng Hao, Zeng Li, Zhang Xiaogang, ZhangXiaotao, Zhao Gang, Zhou Chunya, Zhu Jia.
Jiang Hu, a broad survey exhibition representing the best in contemporary Chinese art, features painting, sculpture, video and photography by some of China’s most important artists working today.
Organized by Huang Zhuan, an internationally recognized curator and professor of art theory at the Ganzhou Academy, the exhibition features works by 34 Chinese artists, both established and emerging. The show’s title, Jiang Hu, can be literally translated as “rivers and lakes,” but its metaphoric meanings are rich and varied. It can denote a “wild or unsettled region,” or an idyllic fictional realm inhabited by itinerant outsiders, including scholars, monks, fortune-tellers and artists, who were said to possess magical powers. In more recent times, Jiang Hu refers to the underworld society whose members possess the gravity defying powers of flight and super-human martial arts skills as popularized in the recent film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The multi-layered meaning of the title speaks to the fluid, dynamic boundaries of the project itself: the new exhibition is inaugurating a larger, ongoing five-year project that will include traveling exhibitions and continuing dialogue with the selected artists. Jiang Hu opens during the Asia Society’s Contemporary Chinese Art Week.