In the Show – 26th August 2008

While oil paint and canvas dominated Western painting for centuries, in China – as in Japan – until quite recently most painting was in water and ink. For long periods of its history, Chinese ink painting was dominated by convention – there was a fairly rigidly defined right and wrong way to paint what you saw or imagined. But increasingly it accommodated new visions. Until the 26th October an exhibition at the Museum of Art is featuring recent developments in ink painting, and particularly those from within Hong Kong.

The exhibition, “New Ink Art: Innovation and Beyond” features more than 60 works by 30 artists who are predominantly from Hong Kong.

“Hellboy II – The Golden Army” is co-written and directed by Guillermo del Toro. Last year, he brought us the very successful “Pan’s Labyrinth”, which was nominated for six Oscars and won three. “Hell Boy” isn’t as likely to do as well as an Academy Award contender. It’s a summer blockbuster, a comic book movie, and a sequel at that, but does it still retain any of del Toro’s individual vision? Reviewer Gary Pollard is in the studio to tell us.

Even if you’re not a high-end art buyer, it’s hard to have escaped the headlines about record prices fetched by Chinese contemporary art, and the frequent bidding frenzy at auctions. The attention given to the Chinese market has often overshadowed the rise of Indian contemporary art, both in terms of its achievements and its prices. The market faced a slight adjustment last year, but is still, overall, continuing to rise.

Much of the market’s growth has been fueled by the success of India’s economy. It’s the world’s fastest-growing major economy after China. The younger generation, both at home, and throughout the Indian diaspora, has both disposable income and a taste for contemporary art.

Want to take a look at the show? Click here to see a streaming video.


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