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"4 Chinese Women Artists Show"
2001-02-15 until 2001-02-28
Art Scene China
Hong Kong, ,
Art Scene China's latest exhibition focuses on the talents of four female Chinese artists: Yu Chen, Wang Jing, Yuen Nimchi and Hao Li. Chinese women artists work within the traditionally male dominated confines of the Chinese art world. Whether traditional or avant-garde modern art, China has produced its share of world-class talents, with their artworks being well-recognized and exhibited throughout the world. The absence of many Chinese women artists among the recognized Chinese talents is all the more noticeable.
In the past, in China and the West, these glaring statistics served to reinforce accepted mythic notions of the artist as a 'heroic male genius.' The rarity of female artists was therefore contributed not to political, social and economic factors that kept them from public awareness, but to their supposed inferior creative abilities in comparison to their male counterparts. After a long struggle by female artists in the West to gain recognition and outmode such backward notions, today's Western world is progressive with more equal opportunities for both sexes.
With China's increasing openness and exposure to the West, more and more Chinese women artists have begun their struggle to produce and be recognized for high-quality artworks. However, in light of changing social perceptions on gender difference, there is still a tellingly low number of Chinese female artists working in the current contemporary and avant-garde art scene in China. Like their European and Western counterparts of the past, female Chinese artists are facing sexually-dividing political, social and economic factors, which not only constrain their creativity and output, but also can deter them from pursuing art as a career in the first place. To help with readdressing the imbalance, Art Scene China's all female show, entitled 4 Chinese Women Artists' Show, aims to give exposure to the creativity and merit of the four Chinese women artists involved. Each of these artists is dedicated to presenting accurate accounts of the lives, passion and desire of women, which they do admirably from their perspectives as both women and artists.
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