CHINESE ART PRIZE
The winners of the Chinese Art Prize 2008 are: Min Xiaofang (Gold) and Kang Yongfeng (Silver). The Viewers’ Choice Prize went to Song Yongjun.
In 2008 more than 1,000 emerging Chinese artists applied for the CAP. The jury narrowed the field to 25 finalists.
Gold Prize winner Min Xiaofang’s renders two meter-tall paintings of children’s homework – mathematics, grammar, English – all graded and corrected in red ink. 10cm-wide patches of white, which looks like correction fluid, add to the authentic appearance of the paintings. In certain pieces, hints of text on the reverse side of the original notebook pages are visible. Female artist Min’s work inspires viewers to ponder the content and meaning of what is being taught to children as if being viewed under a microscope.
CAP Silver Prize winner Kang Yongfeng paints twisted, mangled vehicles, with extremely thick chunks of metalwork-looking paint protruding off the canvas. Kang’s brushstrokes are so intertwined that the pieces appear to be almost abstract when viewed at close proximity.
The top 25 artists’ portfolios can be viewed online at: http://www.ChineseArtPrize.com. Also view other works by the prize winners on the site.
The Chinese Art Prize is the only annual art prize that focuses on young, emerging Chinese painters and hais the highest cash prize, 66,000 CNY [9650 USD], for any art competition in China.
CAP 2008 jury includes:
- Gerard Goodrow (Director, Phillips de Pury, Germany; former Director, Art Cologne),
- Daniela Bousso (Director, Paco das Artes, Brazil),
- Ami Barak (Curator, “Art for the World,” Shanghai World Expo 2010; Curator, Art Forum Berlin 2007),
- Linel Rebenchuk (Director, Toronto International Art Fair),
- Du Xinjian (contemporary Chinese artist and former professor at Central Academy of Fine Arts),
- Alexandra Seno (Writer).