Highlights of 2014 on ChineseArt.co.uk

As 2014 drew to a close, we selected some highlights of the year in the world of Chinese art here in the UK as reported on ChineseArt.co.uk.

January

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In January, we launched our now popular series of Unusual Chines Art Images. This magnificent oil painting (1910) by Matilda Auchinschloss Brownall of a viewer at The Morgan Collection in New York was featured as one of our early images.

January brought in The Year of the Horse.

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Details of this painting (artist unknown) from Chinese Art in Scotland

February

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Xiao Wei and Yi Fei Li symbolise the new wave of adventurous fashion photography in modern China. Picture by Barrett Sweeger for Cream Magazine.

March

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March saw the tragic and mysterious loss of Malaysian airlines flight MH270 on a March 8 flight out of Singapore. There was a party of 19 Chinese artists, relatives and supporters on board, pictured above at their exhibition in the city state.

April

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Shanghai businessman Liu Yiqian opens his third private museum in the city and shells out US$33.6 million for a tiny chicken cup

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May

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We featured this stunning image of actress and model Lucy Liu, shot in 2008, Olympic Games year, for Harper’s Bazaar

June

£427,250 moment of sale

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A record £427,250 for Edinburgh auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull when they sold this blue and white charger, estimated at £2-3,000.

July

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The Fiorentini collection of 30 pieces of porcelain was exposed for sale at Bonham’s, Edinburgh and took £105,000. This sang-de-boeuf bowl was knocked down for £11,250.

August

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Shanghai-based Chinese sculptor Chen Dapeng appoints Paul Harris Asia Arts as his agents in the UK in advance of a series of exhibitions.

September

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Major UK exhibition for Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace

October

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The 17th Asian Art in London event opens. Our picture from an exhibition mounted by Michael Goedhuis of outstanding ink and watercolour paintings by Yang Yanping.

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November

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Woolley & Wallis Chinese expert Freya Yuan cradles the top selle, one of a pair of bowls which exceeded £420,000 from their £3.2m. November sale.

December

Royals Will and Kate visited New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. This was one Chinese picture they didn’t see . . .  Art critic Jerry Saltz posted it on Instagram and got booted off the site. We wonder why!

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Brought Christmas, as ever, but this Santa Claus print from Andy Warhol, offered by Artron in online auction, failed to find an owner.

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. . . and on to 2015. Happy New Year everyone!

Major UK show for Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace

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Always controversial and challenging, Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei‘s work is to go on show as the launch exhibition of the Blenheim Art Foundation.Opening at Blenheim Palace, near to London, this autumn, the exhibition will showcase more than 50 artworks by Ai Weiwei produced over the last 30 years in the artist’s most extensive UK exhibition ever.The show will cover the breadth of Weiwei’s career, spanning the early photography dating from his New York period in the 1980s, through to new works conceived in China specifically for the exhibition.A renowned political activist, Weiwei has not been able to leave China since 2011, resulting in his working with the Blenheim Art Foundation team from his home in China on 3D plans and models of the site and grounds.Notable pieces on show will include Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold (2010) and He Xie (2010), comprising 2,300 small porcelain crabs.A series of 55 photographs by Ai Weiwei documenting his time spent in New York from 1983 to 1993 will also be showcased, alongside Marble Surveillance Camera (2010), a poignant reminder of Ai’s current situation, and Slanted Table (1997), a piece drawing on the artistic heritage of the Qing Dynasty.

New works created for the exhibition will include the site-specific carpet Soft Ground (Great Hall), and hand-painted porcelain plates with ‘freedom flower’ details.

Ai Weiwei at Blenheim Palace is the first major contemporary art exhibition to be presented at the UNESCO World Heritage site, which dates back to 1704 and is famously known as the birthplace of British prime minister Winston Churchill.

The exhibition will run from October 1 – December 14.

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The Foundation has just presented its mission statement in the following terms. ‘Offering visitors a unique opportunity to experience contemporary art in the historic setting of the Palace and its celebrated Parkland and Formal Gardens, the not-for-profit foundation aims to give the greatest number of people access to the most innovative contemporary artists working today.

It is founded by Lord Edward Spencer-Churchill, son of His Grace 11th Duke of Marlborough. A dedicated collector of contemporary art, Lord Edward has long held the ambition to launch a contemporary art programme at Blenheim Palace. He realises Blenheim Art Foundation with newly appointed Director, Michael Frahm.’