There’s an interesting interview over at the Art Newspaper website with the Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang. He is one of a number of contemporary Chinese artists that are hot at the moment. By “hot” I mean really popular with art collectors (a set of drawings by Cai Guo-Qiang sold at auction recently for about 19 million).
Here’s some Cai Guo-Qiang quotes from the interview at the Art Newspaper..
- The main purpose in making art is to have fun and to redefine the nature of objects. Where are the limits when an object becomes a work of art?
- Nature always changes but the fact of change.. or evolution.. never does.
- Making contemporary art can throw up obstacles but it does not worry me. I am eternally optimistic; I am Chinese.
- When I was a child, the Chinese government did not allow citizens to buy flowers because it was a very bourgeois thing, but since my hometown of Guangzhou was far from the capital, I could buy flowers from farmers and go home and paint them.
There’s some really interesting painters working in China at the moment. Here’s a popular art gallery in China that exhibits emerging and established Chinese artists. I love the figurative painters. Especially the quirky ones.