Timing:December 11 th 2017 10:00
Timing:December 11 th 2017-January 3 rd 2017
Venue:China Academy of fine arts
The upcoming 2017 Inter-Youth Art Exhibition, which gathers young artists from higher education art institutes worldwide, marks the 12th year for the ‘Century Star’ of China Academy of Art, and the eternal cycle of the zodiac. This is therefore a highly crucial year and the third year of Inter-Youth Art Exhibition towards maturity. The exhibition is sponsored by China Academy of Art (CAA), and organized by the School of Painting Art of China Academy of Art, and CAA Art Museums. Jing Shijian, vice president of the School of Painting Art, serves as the chief planner. sThe exhibition is slated to be held on the morning of December 11, 2017 at CAA Art Museums and lasts until January 5, 2018. We specially invite Joel Benzakin, the curator of the Belgian Biennial, to serve as the curator of the special exhibition (special exhibition launched on December 16).
Inter-Youth Art Exhibition is an annual academy-focused youth art exhibition under one theme. Under the theme of “Art • Letter Home”, this year’s exhibition presents the topic of how young scholars take up the art creation – most fundamental to art – in today’s highly prosperous and diverse era. This is the letter home for the artist’s mind. It is concerned about the artist as a person, and his relations with family, society, state, and nationality. It is the letter home for mankind, and for the art history. More importantly, it shows how the inheritance of art itself continues in the creation by mankind, the continuity of youth and a creative force and a new force. Here we can see the changes in the draft behind the formal work of artists and the times of different paintings. It emphasizes this immediacy and timeliness.
The exhibition brings together upwards of 300 manuscripts from over 200 outstanding young people from numerous art schools and art institutions in the world. The works are mainly sorted and presented in five parts: the book and pages, drafts, sketches, comparison drawings, and group drawings. There are materials collected and accumulated for serial or complete creation, as well as drafts full of exploratory thinking; there are notes of artist’s “flowing thoughts” and drawing and books behind the paintings; there are sketches that capture the things in front in a free, relaxed and random painting state; there are also sketches and combinations thereof unveiling the secrets of painting. They are pooled at the West Lake as the letters home, forming a digital transmission today in the digital age. One is the continuity of the writing era and the other is the continuity of the digital age. These two writing forms of letter home give rise to the thinking method and creative tool for every young artist today. This toolbox encompasses new situations, problems and challenges among society, science and technology, and culture today, and only young people are the most potent voices and responses to such challenges.
We believe Inter-Youth Art Exhibition will become a new highlight in the world’s youth art exhibition.
Drawing as Art, Art as Drawing
In order to give a more potent answer to the theme of “Art • Letter Home”, we also specially plan the “Drawing as Art，Art as Drawing – Artist Manuscript Exhibition” and invite Joel Benzakin, curator of the Belgian Biennial, as the curator. Over 50 pieces of works by 13 world-renowned artists from China, France, Germany, UK, the United States, South Korea, Belgium and other countries will be put on display. We gather the works of these artists to elaborate on the common artistic spirit of the East and the West in the international situation. We aim to return to the original intention and starting point of art and underscore the present as a new node and turning point in the development of contemporary art. Among these artists are internationally important artists such as Kapoor, Buren, Neo Rauch and Tim, as well as young and middle-aged artists with international prestige. There are also artists representing the East such as Xu Jiang. Their common feature is the concern for today’s society and the reflection on history.
Through such a proposition as the Drawing as Art, Art as Drawing, we invite the works by the world’s famous artists to the West Lake, so that the West Lake shines with the glittering world art. At the same time, this exhibition also provides young artists with a reference and style and possibility for contemporary artistic creation.
As an Indian-British person, Kapoor exerts his influence since the 1980s with his works, forming an oriental worldview and creative method today. Lee Ufan is one of the representatives and theory founders of the avant-garde Mono-ha. As a contemporary artist concerned with society and history in China, Xu Jiang focuses his humanistic thinking more on the pioneering and creative activities and forces in oriental painting. Chen Zhen’s installation art sketches carry a profound historical memory. Neo Rauch combines the visualization and abstractness of an initial sketch of the pictorial image to sum up and establish faith in daily life. At the same time, it also includes young Leipzig School artist Tim’s thinking about the image, and sharp criticism and involvement in contemporary era of the diverse artistic style of Daniel Buren, one of the most famous artists in French contemporary art. Also Lionel Esteve, a French artist, develops his work in his capacity as a scientific researcher and awakens our perception of infinite reality by revealing a palpable, almost entirely haptic space. Lucia Bru, the only female artist at this special exhibition, uses a pluralist medium that is presented in a simple form and brings us back to the center of the body of works. The significance of the works by Belgian artist Michel Francois is always related to time and varies according to whether it is arranged in space or in the environment. The works of South African-Dutch artist Kendell Geers, which combine African artistic traditions and avant-garde styles, showcase the typical relationship between South Africa and violence and confinement while presenting infinite beauty and calm. American artist Sol LeWitt is considered as one of the most important artists in contemporary art. His art viewpoints on minimal art and conceptual art still have important reference value.
In a nutshell, Drawing as Art, Art as Drawing is Oriental Art. It presents a dawn of the East in this era, and a kind of artistic appeal in the Orient. The arts presenting the East are collected in the history and today, and the creativity and thought of contemporary artists are shown in the entire vision.
Organizer: China Academy of Art
Co-organizer:School of Painting Art , China Academy of Art ; Museum of CAA
The co-organizer:The research and development department of China academy of fine arts, foreign affairs department of China academy of fine arts, the experimental teaching management department of China academy of fine arts, the research center of “techniques and methods”, and the alliance of e-art French academy of ART