On art theory and criticism. The conference gathers important chinese and western scholars to discuss issues of chinese contemporary art pertaining to critical discourse; this is first conference of its kind.
The 2009 Beijing International Conference on Art Theory and Criticism is the first symposium of the China Contemporary Art Forum (CCAF). The conference will gather important Chinese and Western scholars to discuss issues of Chinese contemporary art pertaining to critical discourse; this is first conference of its kind. CCAF is a cooperative productionbetween The Research House for Asian Art (a not-for-profit organization registered in Illinois and located in Chicago) and China Contemporary Art Foundation (Hong Kong based).
Our joint statement:
We—the two organizers of this conference, Qigu Jiang and James Elkins—have decided to write separate introductions to the conference. On this site you will find Jiang’s statement and Elkins’s statement, both in English and Chinese. There are two reasons for this:
1. Even though we share many ideas, we also diverge on a number of points, and we want to represent that difference. Our two statements are also aimed at different—but overlapping—sets of readers and participants.
2. Part of the question of this conference is the problem of translation, so we have decided not to gloss over the issue by presenting one joint statement. This way we have two statements, in two languages, for a total of four framing statements.
Qigu Jiang is an artist. He pioneered the “Eighty Five Chinese Contemporary Art Movement”in Shanghai with a multi-media installation show in 1985, and now concentrates on ink andbrush painting. He teaches both studio and art history classes in School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
James Elkins is an art historian. He is the author of 20 books, and editor of 17 books. He has organized 10 international conferences and publications, involving over 300 scholars from over 45 countries. His book, Chinese LandscapePainting as Western Art History, is forthcoming from Hong Kong University Press.
Beijing International Conference on Art Theory and Criticism with:
Terry Smith (Professor at University of Pittsburgh at Pennsylvania),
Hal Foster (Professor at Art and Archaeology at Princeton University),
Jennifer Purtle (Professor at University of Toronto,Canada),
David Carrier (Professor at Case Western Reserve) University in Ohio USA,
Minna Torma (Professor at University of Helsinki, Finland),
Hans Belting (Professor at State College of Design in Karlsruhe Germany),
James Ekins (Professor at the Art Institute of Chicago),
Jiang Jiehong, (Senior Lecturer Birmingham City University),
Britta Erickson (Independent scholar, curator),
John Clark (Professor at the University of Sydney),
Angelo Capasso (Art critic, curator, Professor for contemporary art, and
co-director of Volume, Rome),
Wen Pulin (Independent art critic),
Yang Xiaoyan (Professor at Zhongshan University),
Gao Ming Lu (Professor at Sichuan Art Academy & University of Pittsburg in
Chang Ning Sheng (Professor at Nanjing Art Institute),
Huang He Qing (Professor at Zhejiang University),
Wang Nan Ming (Shanghai based art critic),
Yang Huiling (Professor at Renmin University),
Yin Shuangxi (Professor at Central Academy of Fine Art)
Wang Ling (Professor at Sichuan Art Academy),
Cao Yiqiang (Professor at Fine Art Academy of China),
Ding Ning (Professor at Beijing University),
Huang Zhuan (Associate Professor at Guangzhuo Art Academy),
Shen Yubin (Professor at Zhejiang University),
Feng Yuan (Professor at Zhongshan University),
Peng Feng (Professor at Beijing University)
Geng Youzhuang (Professor at Renmin University)
Yin Jinan (Professor at Central Academy of Fine Art)
Zhu Qingsheng (Professor at Beijing University)
CAFA Art Museum - Central Academy of Fine Arts
8, Hua Jia Di Nan Street, Chaoyang District - Beijing