Organizer: A Thousand Plateaus Art Space
Art Director: Liu Jie
Article Written: Xu Sheng
Opening: 3:00pm, November 24, 2012 (Saturday)
Exhibition Duration: November 24 – November 22, 2012
Venue: A Thousand Plateaus Art Space, 87# Fangqin Street, Gaoxin District, Chengdu
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Artists: Chen Liangjie, Chen Xianhui, Feng Hanping, He Qianli, Ji Yiwei, Li Yin, Liu Chuanhong, Ma Jie, Ma Wenting, Pang Xuan, Qin Qing, Song Yongxing, Tang Ke, Tian Zhenzhen, Wang Jun, Wei Yan, Wu Jiangtao, Wu Shuang, Xiao Kegang, Xie Bingxin, Yu Aijun, Zhai Liang, Zhu Bing
The advocates of Minimalist have asserted: Paintings have died. After seeing Titian’s paintings, the Renaissance connoisseurs have also said: Paintings have died. The more subtle opinion was put forward by Pliny the Younger, the scholar in ancient Roman, who only said: Paintings were degenerated. Why have people been repeatedly announcing the end of paintings? Because that the paintings are there all the time.
Today’s art world is no longer the period that the media represents the position, whatever the medium is, it subjects to the equal test. However, there are still many people suffering from the impact of the art concept in 1980s, as a result, they believe painting is outdated. In fact, it’s true, for the reason that painting has never been fashionable, or there is no fashionable art, but fashionable concept.
In the art world, there are always good works and not-so-good works. While in painting world, there are always good paintings and not-so-good paintings. There are always standards, which are difficult to explain; history seems to be a reliable standard, but history itself is vague; theory seems to be a reliable standard, but it is just for itself; feelings seem to be a reliable standard, but it becomes another art when convey the feelings to others. In today’s perspective, the price seems to be a reliable standard, only when art changes into the money game.
Only one thing can be determined, that good works have never been born to meet a certain standard, because they must be proud. Good artists have never paid attention to any standard, but allowed the belated praise pretend well prepared, and then become well known. So art is a dangerous gamble, in which losers will lose the opportunity to prove there aesthetic ability, while winners will be forced to
socialize their private enjoyments.
Painting 2012 shows a part of the new paintings we saw in 2012. Maybe it is one of the last groups of paintings for us before the end of the world. In fact, the core of painting is related to it. It has nothing to do with the promise of the future, is independent of the existence or the pros and cons, but is just a spirit retained by a purely visual form. The invited artists are also making efforts to explore. In addition, we also emphasize Young in this exhibition. Being young is a state. For art, young artists still have original curiosity.（By Xu Sheng）