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HKBU launches inaugural Asia-wide Art Futures Awards with world renowned artist Yoshitomo Nara as judge

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Source: MACAU business.com

HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 30 November 2023 – The Academy of Visual Arts (AVA) under the School of Creative Arts (SCA) at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) proudly announces the launch of the inaugural “Art Futures Awards”, an international art award which is the first of its kind in Asia. The project is dedicated to promoting and championing the achievements of outstanding emerging artists, and celebrating the exceptional works of recent graduates in the field of visual arts and associated contemporary art practices.

The Awards is honoured to have enlisted internationally reputable members to serve in its judging panel including Mr Yoshitomo Nara (奈良美智), a highly acclaimed Japanese artist, and Mr Hou Hanru (侯瀚如), former Artistic Director of MAXXI, National Museum of the 21st Century Arts in Rome. They will gather in HKBU in December to present awards to the talented young artists and share their inspirational insights in art creation.

Read more: https://www.macaubusiness.com/hkbu-launches-inaugural-asia-wide-art-futures-awards-with-world-renowned-artist-yoshitomo-nara-as-judge/

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Inheritor innovates to keep Chinese textile art relevant

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Source: ANN Asia News Network

A young inheritor of Chinese textile art is breathing new life into the intangible cultural heritage in Southwest China’s Chongqing.

Chinese linen, or xiabu — literally “cloth for summer” — is a traditional handmade textile made from China grass, also known as ramie. Being hailed as the “king of natural fibers”, the linen is comfortable, durable and easy to wash. It’s also delicate, yet not as fragile as silk.

A variety of xiabu was developed in what is now Chongqing’s Rongchang district during the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220). Royals and nobility during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) liked wearing the linen during the summer months. It was one of the first products to be exported from the region in the 20th century, with an annual output of around 700,000 bolts.

According to the district’s commission of commerce, it now exports about 3 million bolts of xiabu annually overseas, of which 40 percent is sold to South Korea. Over the past three years, 13 xiabu manufacturing companies in Rongchang have exported goods worth more than 50 billion yuan ($6.93 billion).

Read more: https://asianews.network/inheritor-innovates-to-keep-chinese-textile-art-relevant/

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Asian Artists to Watch 2024: Din Art

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Each year, we identify the Asian artists on the rise, shining a light on the exciting and provocative works enriching the region’s artistic and cultural landscape. Cambodian artist Din Art shares his story.

Borin Teang, known as Din Art in the art world, is one of Cambodia’s leading contemporary abstract artists, a visionary who transforms ancient and mystical apsara dancers into modern and vibrant masterpieces. His paintings and sketches are a fusion of tradition and innovation, culture and creativity, beauty and grace.

Read more: https://www.prestigeonline.com/kh/lifestyle/asian-artists-to-watch-2024-din-art/

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Collectors return to Asia’s biggest art fair despite cooling market

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Picture Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and George W. Bush as 7-year-olds. Now set them on a playground.

What would they talk about? Would they take turns to slide? Would the world be in a better place?

It’s a thought-provoking exercise — one generated by Beijing-born artist Lí Wei’s eerie, hyperreal sculptures of six world leaders, on show this week at Art Basel in Hong Kong.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2024/03/29/style/hong-kong-art-basel-collectors-intl-hnk/index.html

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