The winners of the 10th edition of the CCAA are Cao Fei, He Xiangyu and Xu Bing.

Art Radar takes a look at the 2016 winners in each of the categories.

Xu Bing (left) in front of his work at deFINE Art 2015 Exhibitions Opening Reception at SCAD Museum of Art, Winter 2015. Photography by Stephanie Krell. Image courtesy SCAD.

Xu Bing (left) in front of his work at deFINE Art 2015 Exhibitions Opening Reception at SCAD Museum of Art, Winter 2015. Photography by Stephanie Krell. Image courtesy SCAD.

CCAA highlights the necessity of such an award, especially in the current climate of growth in Chinese art,

at a time when Chinese art appears to be validated almost exclusively by market forces, an unexcited and deliberate reflection of the present art production such as CCAA provides through its exhibitions, publications and other activities, is very much in need.

There are three separate awards for artists: Best Artist, Best Young Artist and the Contribution Award. The winners were selected out of a total of 55 nominations from the Nomination Committee and nine artists were selected through a public nomination process.

He Xiangyu, ‘Cola Project’ 2009-2012. Image courtesy the artist and White Space Beijing.

He Xiangyu, ‘Cola Project’ 2009-2012. Image courtesy the artist and White Space Beijing.

The Best Artist award goes to an artist who has shown particular impact through their work in the past two years, while the Best Young Artist goes to an artist under 30 who has demonstrated a strong practice in the last two years. The Outstanding Achievement is awarded to an artist who has made a meaningful contribution to Chinese contemporary art over an extended period of time.

The committee was comprised of seven senior scholars and curators of contemporary Chinese and international contemporary art. The broad-reaching expertise of the committee members, canvassing Western and Chinese art is a feature of the award. The committee members included:

  1. Bernard Blistène, Director, Center Pompidou, France
  2. Chris Dercon, Honorary Curator of the Tate Modern, UK
  3. Feng Boyi, an independent curator, art critic, and Artistic Director of He Xiangning Art Museum
  4. Peng De, Professor from Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, Doctoral Tutor
  5. Suhanya Raffel, Executive Director of M+, Hong Kong
  6. Uli Sigg, a founder of CCAA Chinese Contemporary Art Foundation and collector
  7. Yin Jinan, Dean of School of Humanities at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA)

The artists

Cao Fei, Best Artist Award

Born in 1978 in Guangzhou, Cao Fei works with film and installation to create works that combine surreal atmospheres with social commentary and popular aesthetics. Her work looks into the challenges faced in Chinese society today due to rapid urban change.

He Xiangyu, Installation view, ‘Cola Project- Extraction’, 2009-2010, Coca-Cola Resin, 35 x 27 x 23.5 cm. Photo: Yang Chao Photography Studio. Image courtesy the artist and White Space Beijing.

He Xiangyu, Installation view, ‘Cola Project- Extraction’, 2009-2010, Coca-Cola Resin, 35 x 27 x 23.5 cm. Photo: Yang Chao Photography Studio. Image courtesy the artist and White Space Beijing.

He Xiangyu has exhibited widely, including in the 13th Biennale de Lyon (2015), Shanghai Biennale (2014), Busan Biennale, (2014), Yokohama Triennale (2014), Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2015), White Cube, London (2014) and the A4 Center for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney (2012).

Xu Bing, Contribution Award

Born in Chongqing China in 1955, Xu Bing first studied printmaking at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing. After earning his MFA, he was invited to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990 and he currently works between Beijing and New York. He is most known for his printmaking skills and installation works, as well as his use of language, words and text in his work.

Artist Yang Hongwei introducing his work to Prof. Xu Bing at his opening of “Pixel Analysis” on 7 Nov 2015 at Hui Art Space, Beijing. Image courtesy the artist and Hui Art Space.

Artist Yang Hongwei introducing his work to Prof. Xu Bing at his opening of “Pixel Analysis” on 7 Nov 2015 at Hui Art Space, Beijing. Image courtesy the artist and Hui Art Space.

He has been exhibited in international forums such as the 45th, 51st and 56th Venice Biennales; the Biennale of Sydney and the Johannesburg Biennale amongst others. His work has also been exhibited at institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C., the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York; the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; and the Joan Miro Foundation in Spain to name just a few.

Claire Wilson

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By Brittney

Brittney is a writer, curator and contemporary art gallerist. Born in Singapore and based in New York City, Brittney maintains a deep interest in the contemporary art landscape of Southeast Asia. This is combined with an equally strong interest in contemporary art from the Asian diasporas, alongside the issues of identity, transmigration and global relations.

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